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.

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.

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.

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.

The Big Barbeque

The Big Barbeque

We had to wave goodbye to Granny and Grandad, and then consoled ourselves with a beach and some ice creams.

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

Châtelaillon-Plage

Châtelaillon-Plage

We needed a relatively relaxed day, so we took the kids to the beach for a plodge in the sea.

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.

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.