Flâner is a lovely word that means, depending on who says it and when, ambling, taking one’s time, receding from the hustle and bustle of daily life. That’s what I’m doing this week, in Cap Ferret, across the water from Arcachon, and south of Bordeaux.  It’s other name is Paradise.   Herewith, a few photos.

arrival Cap Ferret

Arrival Cap Ferret


A little local “bidet” or …well, it’s a wooden boat!

pinasse rouge

A pinasse, the true local boat 

my bike

Transportation at Cap Ferret


One of the reasons to go to cap Ferret, to get the finest cannellé ever made, from Fredelian patisserie. It’s a local, custardy, caramely confection that only tastes good in Cap Ferret (my opinion, but I’m right!).


sun on beach

Another reason to go to Cap Ferret

oyster beds

And another, because seeing these means eating…oysters!

working oysters

And seeing this means they’re getting the oysters ready…for you and me!

oyster and bread

And finally, perhaps the major reason (aside from all the others) to go to Cap Ferret

This Week’s Recipe

Get the best local oyster you can find, medium-sized
Get some wonderful person to shuck it, and about two dozen others if you’re two
Get some delicious rye or other favorite bread
Get some excellent and lightly salted butter

Finally, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc

Bon Appétit!



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4 Responses to Flaner–the art of ambling

  1. Cathy A says:

    So glad you were able to get away and unwind. Those oysters look delicious.

  2. BettySue Ballard says:

    “Thank you for sharing! How delightful! My imagination allows me to travel with you!
    My experiences living in the magical Northwest allows me to imagine sharing oysters, bread and wine with you!”
    A bientôt
    November 1,2,3!

    • Susan says:

      Betty Sue – the oysters are so much saltier than in the Pacific Northwest! And with bread and wine, well, it’s a perfect meal!

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