Day Trip to Arcachon

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My classmate Edward was born and raised in Bordeaux and offered to take us for a day-trip over to Arcachon, a small town about 1 hour west of here on the shores of Bassin d’Arcachon (actually a large sheltered bay connected to the Atlantic Ocean).  Our primary objective was oysters (‘huîtres’ in French), but we also wanted to check out the quaint little beach town.

It’s been a popular summer resort/spa town since the time of Napoleon and has some interesting old architecture that’s particular to this area.  It’s like a frilly victorian style, with each house having it’s own name displayed on the front, kinda like a boat.  Edward’s family owns a beach house near the marina where he spent many of his childhood summers staying with his grandmother.  It was really interesting to see a pool in their backyard, like many in the neighborhood, which was originally used for raising oysters!  The houses in this neighborhood all backup to a canal connected to the Bassin, which provides a source of sea water.  As an engineer, I was impressed by how they were able to fill and drain these basins on the tides, which vary by about 3 feet in this area.  Nowadays, however, during the summer most folks just fill the pool for swimming.  They go to town for their oysters.

It was a crisp, but sunny day and after a nice walk around town and the beach, Edward steered us to one of his favorite seaside restaurants where we partook in local fruits de mer and a fabulous bottle of dry Muscadet Sevre-et-Main (…clean and minerally, with a hint of citrus).   A gastronomic delight!  It was a wonderful day overall and we envision returning again sometime soon.

3 thoughts on “Day Trip to Arcachon

  1. Eileen Blanchard

    Wow! I’d seriously be in my own personal Heaven with all those amazing oysters! It would be a regular stop for me!

    1. Lynn

      Well let us tell you Eileen, enjoying them with the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine was a delightful experience.

  2. Chris Carr

    Well, I definitely had to comment on the gastronomic delight. That looks incredibly good. And partaking in the culinary creations in a sheltered bay, subject to tidal influence. Does that remind you of any specific location…..perhaps the Bay-Delta.


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