We have begun our trip south. Our halfway point is La Vendee, an agricultural region in the central west part of France. This is also the “Green Venice” of France as there are 300 kilometers of marshes dug by the monks during the Middle Ages. We took a river boat tour of the marshes with a shy young guide who had never had an American take this trip. We are definitely off the beaten path!
The tiny green leaves floating on top are called water lentils.
Our guide Marianne shows us a trap for catching eels, a specialty of the Vendee region.
Dinner near the marshes includes snails, another specialty of the Vendee. We resisted the eel but said “OUI!” to the snails.