Lining the banks of the estuary, the many hundreds of traditional fishing huts on stilts called carrelets are an indelible image of the Gironde, and take their name from the pulley-operated square nets that jut into the water. Many of them are not as simple as they appear, and are in fact decked-out weekend retreats. Still, the shrimp, herring and eel you enjoy on your Gironde journey may just come from one of the huts used by local fishermen.
By John Oseid
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