For my last solo car excursion, I picked a place not quite as far away so thank could have a relaxing afternoon back at the château and headed to Gruissan to get a better look at some salt flats and to hopefully be able to eat some amazing seafood.

And I think I was finally getting at least a little proficient with this GPS thing as until I got into the actual little village itself, I didn’t have any difficulties. And the challenge of getting through thentown to the salt flats on the other side wasn’t bad since I could see where I needed to go.

My first stop was where you can buy fresh seafood, not that I was buying, but it was pretty cool to see the operation.

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There were also numerous flamingos in the area that were fun to watch.

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As it was getting close to noon, I then headed off to find the recommended restaurant La Cambuse du Saunier.

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Here again I was able to test my French in and figure out that since I didn’t have a reservation I could sit in one of the bar areas and order from a menu limited to the fruits de mer. While a salt encased fish would have been nice, it is hard to complain about being limited to fresh seafood. And I even got to try some new things.

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I must admit , I had not idea what bulots were when I ordered, but I figured there was enough other stuff on the plate if I didn’t like them. And it turned out that I liked them more than some of the other things.

I also had a great view as I was sitting right next to the salt flats.

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It was actually pretty amazing seeing such large piles of salt and the work going on to produce what we actually consume.

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Of course there was also a shop with said products for sale, but as always on a trip like this, you want to buy this amazing stuff that is often hard to find, but are limited by what you can fit in your suitcase.

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