Monday was our last full day in this region and we decided to visit the “Oyster Capital of the World” Cancale, France. The town relies solely on the farming and harvesting of Oysters, producing over 22,000 tons annually. We arrive late morning and you immediately feel as though you’re in a port town. The main street runs along the coast, lined with restaurants and bars and the sea in filled with boats. Once again you can see how the tides affect the coastline. When we get there it is low tide and all the boats are beached. It only takes a couple of hours for the water levels to rise and folks head out to their boats. The water clarity makes us feel like we’re in the Bahamas, crystal clear and bright blue.
We walked around looking at all the crustacean stands, marketplaces, and restaurants. We decided to purchase our oysters & seafood from a market and just sit seaside and enjoy. Now I’m not really into shelled seafood but Rick loves it. We ordered Oysters, 3 types of Snails, 2 varieties of shrimp, and a small lobster. We found a spot under a tree (it was hot today, sunny & 90) and enjoyed our lunch. I gave it a try and to my surprise they are quite good. Cold and fresh, dazzled with a lemon, they go down easy on this hot day. The only thing missing from our meal is an ice cold beer. Leo even gave them a try but Mila said no. . no. . no to our seafood feast. After lunch, we enjoyed a gelato together and headed home.
We get back around 3 and with plenty of the day left, we decide to head back to Dinard and enjoy the beach. It was less crowded today, and Leo & Mila enjoyed the water, wading and splashing for hours. They wore down around 7, so we headed back, ate dinner, and they hit the sack. The perfect ending to a perfect week.
Northern Region of France is simply beautiful. There is so much to do and so much to see, you could easily spend few months here in order to explore it all the way through. I am amused by this area of the country. The views are stunning, the food is delicious, people are super nice and friendly, what can I say, life is good in France.
Below you will find a short slide show presenting our first week in France, Enjoy!