Tour Saint Nicholas

Phare des Baleines

The Aquarium

Château de la Roche Courbon

Île-d'Aix

Saint-Martin-de-Ré

The Ostrich Farm

La Rochelle 2009

In late July and early August we drove to La Rochelle on the west coast of France for a two week family holiday, including meeting up with my parents, who flew in from Birmingham.
La Rochelle is a beautiful city on the Bay of Biscay in the Charente-Maritime Department.
The city is located in the second sunniest part of France, which makes it great for summer holidays.

Leaving England

Leaving England

The much anticipated trip to France began with a morning of cleaning the car and loading it up with enough stuff to equip Napoleon’s armies for a tour of Russia.
French Motorways

French Motorways

French motorways tend to be uninteresting in a good way. Maybe the tolls keep all the numpties away.
Settling In

Settling In

A day during which the kids explored the pool, and everyone explored some extra sleep, followed by a dash into town for dinner.
The Two Towers

The Two Towers

One of the best bits of La Rochelle is its old harbour, the Vieux Port, where the harbour mouth is dominated by two massive old stone towers.
Île de Ré

Île de Ré

A day on one of the most scenic parts of the area, the Île de Ré, somewhat spoiled by erratic behaviour from both myself and the kids. Tiredness, huh ?
Chilling Out

Chilling Out

This post could have been called "Not a Lot Happened" but it was quite busy with swimming, domestic disasters, and a bit of DIY.
The Aquarium

The Aquarium

La Rochelle's aquarium is definitely the best I've been to. It can be rather busy, especially when the weather isn't great, but the displays are brilliantly done and there's plenty of them.
Roche Courbon

Roche Courbon

From the outside, the Château de La Roche-Courbon looks like it was designed by someone who owns a lot of Disney Princess dolls. It's very photogenic.
Île d’Aix

Île d’Aix

The Île d'Aix is a small island of the coast a little south of La Rochelle which is accessible only by boat, and where there are no cars.
New Friends

New Friends

Today we resolved to do nothing much in particular. We were successful. Apart from the bit where we went out for dinner.
Châtelaillon-Plage

Châtelaillon-Plage

We needed a relatively relaxed day, so we took the kids to the beach for a plodge in the sea.
A Lot of Not a Lot

A Lot of Not a Lot

On this day we reached a new peak of inactivity. It should probably be a trough of inactivity
The Big Barbeque

The Big Barbeque

We had to wave goodbye to Granny and Granddad, and then consoled ourselves with a beach and some ice creams.
St Martin de Ré

St Martin de Ré

A lazy morning followed by a lazy afternoon in a quiet town and an early night. Zzzzzzz.
Bags, Birds and Beers

Bags, Birds and Beers

How difficult can it be to find a restaurant that's open at lunchtime ? Unless you're by the seaside, it's apparently near impossible.
Driving Home

Driving Home

One thing you should always bear in mind is that you should never put off until tomorrow something that you could do today.


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