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    Places to Visit

    A Visit to Île de Ré

    Île de Ré is a beautiful island off the west coast of France known for its cobblestone streets, beautiful bike paths, and pristine beaches. It’s a pleasant 2-hour drive from Maison Coli and would make for a lovely weekend visit before or after your stay in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Getting There: Île de Ré is an island connected by a bridge. So getting there by car is easy. Once you cross the bridge the landscape changes to wide open spaces with beautifully wild scenery You may even see a donkey or two! Donkeys are the island mascot because of the soap that is made from their milk. You’ll see many shops carrying…

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    Local Restaurants

    Bistrot Gautté

    Bistrot Gautté is a charming little bistro with exceptional food, in the heart of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. It’s located right off the bridge that crosses La Vie River and faces the market square on Saint-Gilles market days. It is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner, and the best way to experience their seasonal menus is to order one of their prix-fixed menus. This includes an appetizer, the main plate, and one of their beautiful desserts. The Appetizers: One of their signature appetizers is a seafood platter for two. It includes a delicious assortment of little seafood nibbles, from seafood rillettes, house-smoked salmon with a delicious chive cream sauce, and accras, a…