Nicest things to see and do in the Vendée according to Martine (not in particular order)
Walking: preferably a walking tour through the vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Lay in the sun or the route by the village Noirmoutier-en-Ile, through the pine forest, along the beach and along the bird sanctuary.
Shopping: Martine can spend hours looking around in the supermarchés or the (covered) markets. Preferably she looks at fish and seafood and fruit and vegetables. Simply to see what there is for sale. Or she likes to go into an ice-shop to see which flavours they make, in search of nice combinations, so she can make them herself at home in her own ice machine. Simply looking around at a depot-vente is something Martine really enjoys too.
Looking for shells on the beach: preferably the first ebb after a heavy storm. Or simply looking around at the French how they chip oysters of the rocks or looking for shells for lunch from the sand at low tide. Martine has not yet been to the shell museum in les Sables d’Olonne, they are supposed to have a unique collection over there.
Culinary: eating outside in the sun at a port or with a view over sea and the beach eating “Fruits de Mer” with a nice glass of local wine. Or even better, to abhor Hemko, who does not like sauerkraut, especially not in the summer, “Choucroute de la Mer”.
Flowers and plants: as a garden lover Martine enjoyed the visit to the “potager extraordinaire” in la Mothe-Achard. An immense vegetable garden with very special vegetables. She also adored the fragrance garden (le jardin des Olfracties) in Coëx with in the summer a two hour long tour to admire and smell the beautiful flowers.
Drinking Tea: Martine drinks litres of Earl Grey each day. The best place to do this is in Nantes in la Cigale; it is a splendid Art Deco tearoom in the centre of Nantes. Near a beautiful shopping centre from the same period.
Thalasso: the complete French Atlantic coast has a large number of Thalassos (marine water baths etc.). when the budget allows it Martine will choose between the Thalasso in Saint Jean the Monts with its largest marine water swimming pool in France (34C) or the Thalasso in Pornic on a beautiful bay.