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Arrondissement de La Rochelle

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  • Day167

    La Rochelle

    February 17, 2017 in France ⋅

    So sad to leave Bordeaux this morning. Super foggy walk to the bus station but very refreshing. The bus was an hour late and I made it to La Rochelle only a half hour late. Checked into my beautiful room with memory foam bed and pillows and only 12 minutes from the Gare. Quickly went out to scope the city out! Wow, another amazing place. Reminds me a bit of Granville island and Lago di Garda Italy. Spotless, art studios everywhere and gorgeous scenery. I'm hoping to meet Corinne's aunt and uncle tomorrow so I can send her a recent photo. The air is so good here, just like Bordeaux. Found the Marche and they were selling fresh oysters for what I thought was a pretty good price. Can't wait to explore tomorrow. And.....this is now Cognac country not wine as I found many Cognac boutiques and Cognac is only 25km away from here.Read more

  • Day103

    La Rochelle opposite Vieux Port

    July 27, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We made it, it took 5hours, but because we had to get to the lock an hour before it opened we were up at 6:00! Obviously the French boat that was locking out with us could arrive just before it opened at 8:10. It was a lot wetter and windier than expected and in our faces for most of trip, we passed under the bridge to Isle de Re and when we arrived we went first into the big marina Port Minimes, until the Bassin de Chalutiers opened on the spring tide. We spent the afternoon sourcing a new impellor for the generator, success! And checking out where we dry out on Sunday for some running repairs, ( down playing the fact that the bow thruster sprung a leak and is now totalled so needs to be removed) a good afternoons work so off for an aperitif.Read more

  • Day10

    Day 10 - Pornic to La Rochelle (train)

    April 25, 2016 in France ⋅

    Made the tough decision this morning to not ride for a few days because of the issues I've had with my knee. Very frustrating as can still ride but know I'm making it worse and with over 8 weeks still left I know it's the sensible thing to do even if it is very frustrating.

    As a result and with it being a grey day I had a few chilled hours around the harbour of Pornic before jumping on the very quiet evening train to La Rochelle, a place I remember very vaguely from a family holiday years ago as a kid, to arrive after sunset and have a quick stroll round the harbour at night.

    Only real eventful thing to happen today was despite only riding 500 meters to the station from the harbour I did get my first wolf whistle. It was sadly off the French equivalant of a white van man but hey at 36 I'll take it!
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  • Day11

    Day 11 - La Rochelle

    April 26, 2016 in France ⋅

    With no riding today it was time to see what La Rochelle had to offer. With the weather still being grey and cold with the locals still wearing big coats and scarfs it was time to find some indoor activities and the aquarium and the three harbour towers would do just that. All well worth a visit if you're ever in La Rochelle. It was then time to head to head to one of the harbour side bars for a couple of chilled beers and people watching. After being befriended by a couple of the locals and a few hours chatting about the upcoming Euros, the Premier League (they love Leicester and Vardy over here) and surprisingly the mighty Wolves it was time to settle down and watch the champs league semi final between City and Real. Wow what I shite game!

    Feeling pretty merry it was time to bed after a quick HCB stop on the way back!

    (woke today to much better weather so photos of La Rochelle are from this morning before getting the train to Bordeaux. Gutting as perfect biking weather but I know I need to rest the knee for a couple more days.)
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  • Day107

    La Rochelle then Ile de Re

    July 31, 2017 in France ⋅

    We moved on the Thursday eve to the Vieux Port, bassin de chalutiers, we had to wait for lock to open. We were next to the aquarium and mercure hotel so much more in the thick of things but not right in the middle so quiet at night but town close by. Friday morning we went to the maritime museum for a little culture there were three boats to walk around a tug, and deep sea fishing and an old metrological boat which also had displays about some of the Voyage of other boats liked to the museum , even John was interested, while we waited for Geoff and Paul to ride down. They met us after lunch and we had a beer and a chat and a wander around. We all had a meal out in the eve. On Saturday John fixed the generator and the lads hauled him up the mast but it wasn't a bulb problem so still no anchor light. We mooched around town in the afternoon and had delicious meal at Andres, in the eve very very nice said bye to visitors. We did see in the harbour 2other Moonen's photos attached, they are both short er than Take Five.
    On Sunday we moved back into Minimes marina and headed for slip. Had to bully the French boat that was already there into moving forward for us by coming up behind it close, 25tonnes of steel is apparently quiet encouraging. We thought the tide would not drop far enough for us to do the work but it did and the bow thruster is gone.
    Saw the odd looking boat in the marina, reference photos anyone seen anything like that before is it a ferry of some sort?
    This morning Monday we headed to ile de Re, we are now in the inner harbour at St Martin de Re. This is something that John said he wanted to do when we were here a few year ago with the truck. Its busy as you can see from photos but very sheltered. Hoping to anchor for a couple of nights either near here or off Oleron Peninsula then probably Royan before we head towards Spanish coast.
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  • Day102

    Marans

    July 26, 2017 in France ⋅

    Hello again, well due to some very windy weather we ended up staying at Bourgenay for 5nights which was long enough! It was a lovely place nice and quiet except for the wind but we had been everywhere within cycling distance and I was starting to go a little stir crazy. We had on day 1 as I said ridden to Talmont St Hilaire, day 2 we walked west to the beach and around the spit to the nature reserve and then along the edge of the salt marsh till we found civilisation and then back to beach and home, day 3 I did a short run through the woods behind the coastal path then after the tea spill on the duvet and subsequent washing we later rode to Jard sur Mer around the back of the salt marsh. Day 4 we must have looked around the junk market in the morning and revisited the supermarket so I could do some more baking, tried the cookies again but mixture much thicker so more like rock cakes this time round. day 5 I did a longer run east along coast but not as far as anywhere specific just out and back we had a lovely lunch at one of the cafes on the harbour front and later walked in land through a 'Pierre et vacances' village right on the edge of the golf course and with its own large lake. I think things would have been a lot worse but we ended up meeting another British couple on day 3 whose boat we had seen previously in herbaudiere on Noirmoiter and we spent that evening on their boat chatting and following evening we returned the hospitality and they visited Take Five. They over winter in L'Orient so we must have seen their boat then as well. But they were headed North on the return leg of their trip and we were going ever southward, but you never know we may meet again next year and hope to keep in touch as they are planning a longer trip soon.
    We are now in Marans which is inland from the Bay de l'Aiguillon along a canal, the sail here, yes that's right we used sails not exclusively but we're trying, went OK, it was rough to start with but improved the further west we went.
    We didn't arrive until 8:30pm as the lock didn't open till, well it was supposed to be 7:20 but it was late and then it's a further 3miles to the town. We have been put right on the end of the pontoon just outside the pedestrian bridge, right away from everyone and everything but we don't think it's personal. Had a quick wander around the town this morning, quick because it was raining and also town is not very big, but a good base for cycling and kayaking the inland freshwater marshes. More photos if the sun comes out. It did so a few more pictures added
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  • Day170

    La Rochelle

    April 15, 2017 in France ⋅

    This morning we drove into La Rochelle prior to hitting the road. Little did we know that this city, selected because it was 5 hours north of where we were, is one of the most scenic and history-rich cities on the French Atlantic coast. We enjoyed a walk around, and a lovely breakfast in full view of the old port. Very old ... from the 11th century.Read more

  • Day52

    Ile de Re

    September 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Heute bin ich auf der Insel Re... Es ist nicht einfach Plätze zu finden, wo nix zu zahlen ist 🌝😎hab wieder einen Weg durch die Dörfer und abseits der geraden Straßen gesucht. Dauert zwar länger und ein Kreisel nach den anderen, aber Zeit hab ich ja... 👌✌️👍😎Die Abendsonne ist noch von gestern.

  • Day14

    La Rochelle - FR

    May 28, 2016 in France ⋅

    Seems to storm in these parts like clockwork at 4pm (like the Highveld used to). Have to drink very slowly with the price of beer in these parts ! The price one pays to take shelter out of the rain.

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