La Rochelle, The Old Port

La Rochelle is the capital of The Charante Maritime region of France, famous for its oyster production as well a host of fruits of the sea.

  • This is sailing country
  • The Porte de la Grosse Horloge guards the old port
  • La Rochelle airport and car rental are available

The Old Port is a beautiful place with its elegant light houses guarded at the Entrance by the Fortress of St Nicolas from the channel that comes in from the Atlantic. This is sailing country, the winds blowing in from the Ocean are strong and the islands of Re and Oleron offer safe harbours and great explorations. The restaurants that line the port are, in the summer, a mass of umbrellas and tables offering everything you desire. The Porte de la Grosse Horloge guards the old port from the modern boutiques and shops that are in the town. The statue of Guy Victor Duperre Admiral of France opens the door to the history of this town.

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The History of La Rochelle is about the Romans, the Huguenots, The British, and the Germans. To get all the details go the Maritime Museum, it floats. The whole exhibit is on famous ships and tells us all about the wars that were fought for this town, of the religious persecution of the Huguenots, and as a result the beginning of the South African wine industry. It’s all there.

The History of La Rochelle is about the Romans, the Huguenots, The British, and the Germans.

To get to La Rochelle from Paris Montparnasse, take the TGV, if you take a train out of rush hour you can buy tickets in what is called “Classe Confort,” first class at half the price. From England in the summer there are flights to La Rochelle airport and car rental is available. There are of course loads of hotels, Airbnbs, and Chambre D’hote(Bed and Breakfasts). In my experience the restaurants change from year to year, what was great in 2017 may not be so great in 2018. Ask around and see what is new and good especially as we are very out of season.

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