One of the biggest industries on the Île d'Oléron (SW France) is oyster farming — ostréiculture in French. "An oyster" is une huître. Oysters are affinées (aged, fattened up) the way cheeses are affinés (aged, ripened). The part of the island where oysters are farmed isn't very prettied up, except for the bright and bold colors of the paint used on the oyster shacks (les cabanes ostréicoles). The oyster-farming area is called Marennes-Oléron — Marennes is a town on the mainland, just across the bridge from the island.
Some of these photos are mine, some are Walt's, and some are our friend Cheryl's. More tomorrow. These kinds of scenes remind me very much of the place where I grew up: Carteret County in North Carolina.