- Always great to be back in the Vendée, with wall-to-wall sunshine, miles of beach and waves galore. Such a soft spot for towns like St Gilles Croix de Vie, especially on market days - fresh produce from local growers, and great pastries. We had a couple of days in Les Sables d'Olonne and Challans this year too - a bit different from the sleepier towns. Being there for the Bastille Day fireworks (again in St Gilles) is something we always go for - stunning!
Published on: 20 July 2017