Posted by: kdeversblog | September 21, 2019

Beach day in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

It was a lovely drive from our B&B to the beach town called Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and took about 45 minutes. We found a parking lot and happily there was no charge. It even had a WC (bathroom) there as well. I noticed that the parking spaces were good-size so it was comfortable parking and getting out of the car.

We walked a few blocks through the neighborhood and saw homes and hotels with brightly painted doors and shutters, and lots of flowers. Along the walkway there were places where all sorts of boats were moored.

We stopped for a light lunch then headed down to the beach. We found a place where we could rent comfy lounge chairs for the day. Each pair of chairs had a cushion and an umbrella, and an adjustable chair back. We chose chairs in the front row and settled in for the day.

It was so relaxing to rest and listen to the waves. Many women had their bathing suit tops off and it felt very natural. The family next to us had an adorable son about a year and a half old who spent the day naked. We opted to keep our suits on!

The site included a cafe and bar so we each ordered a pina colada and it was delivered to us. Ahhh!

The beach was narrow and rather plain, especially compared to our dramatic Oregon beaches. This was a protected inlet rather than the Pacific Ocean so of course it looked different. The water felt chilly but there were people swimming, wind surfing, and jet skiing.

As the sun sank lower, it was time to pack up, pay our bill, and leave the beach.

After a day in the sun it was nice to stop and have a nicoise salad at a nearby restaurant. There were so many restaurants and cafes to choose from and the language difference created challenges. Places that had photos of the dishes made it easier to interpret.

The orange sunset was a lovely ending to a relaxing day at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

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