When it’s raining and the skies are leaden, it’s always nice to think back to the glorious weather of last week when we managed 24c. Come back soon sun and warmth! It was a bit of a last minute plan to go to La Rochelle, but seeing as it was only a 90 min drive and with relatively empty roads, off I set. The drive west isn’t terribly scenic and is somewhat uninspiring, but with such lovely weather and with it all being new to me, I was happy enough to be motoring along. Amazingly, I was able to park right slap-bang just beside the old harbour. I bet it won’t be that easy in the middle of summer when there will be thousands of tourists.
Founded by the Romans and developed over the centuries, this picturesque town sits on the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast. It is beautifully preserved, with mediaeval walls, covered walkways, ancient towers and a very scenic Vieux Port (old harbour).
Two massive towers guard the entrance of the old harbour, Tour de La Chaîne and Tour Saint Nicolas. Originally there was a huge chain which was to be strung across the entrance, but was never used.
Tour Saint Nicolas (L) and Tour de la Chaîne (R)
La Rochelle will be on the visit list for sure, and certainly a place to take family and friends when they come to stay.
Lantern Tower on the old town walls