Morning time in La Grande Motte.
Time to get Baguettes and Pain au Chocolates which are croissants with chocolate infused. (Pain au chocolates are a great invention saving you from the hard labor of spreading Nutella on your croissant so early in the morning.)
My favored mode of transportation is my electric scooter or Trottinette as it’s called in french. Marinas and ports are large, often having more than 1000 docks. You easily walk many kilometers to get to the Capitanerie, do customs check-in/out or simply get groceries.
My morning croissant trips are not a mad dash-run. Most of the time, I take the scenic route, detour to the empty beach much to the chagrin of the Admiral. The air is a bit chilly and moist but feels good. The view of the sea and imagining that the next land is 8 days of sailing away makes a great morning reflection.
From the beach, I head towards the bakery (boulangerie). On my way I pass by two famous boatyards: Gunboat and Outremer. I stop and take a look what’s on their production line. They are busy early mornings. (Now you know why I always came late to school 🙂 )
If there are no further distractions I finally make it to our favorite bakery.
Everything is freshly baked. Bakeries start here at 4am. If I am lucky, the baguettes and croissants are still hot when I put them in my backpack.
On the way back I go the most direct route. No distractions or my coffee gets cold!