Arrondissement de Rochefort

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  • Day48

    On the Road Again

    October 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Driving in a foreign country can always be a rather stressful activity. Not only do you have the challenge of driving a completely unfamilar vehicle, but you also have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car and a wrong side of the road to drive on. When you combine this with the challenge of navigating out of a big city, it is not a job for the faint hearted.

    At least we knew that the rental car agency was not far from our hotel in Nantes. Or at least it wouldn't have been if we had taken the correct route. We had awoken to the unwelcome sound of steady rain and this was still falling as we headed out the hotel door in search of the Alamo car rental company. With a name like that, I half expected Davy Crocket to be waiting for us with the car keys.

    Although we had Google's navigator to assist us, for some reason the navigation seemed to desert us at the critical time, only to reawaken in time to remind us that we had taken a much longer route than necessary. We even managed to include a couple of flights of stairs and a bridge crossing, just for good measure.

    We were probably not a pleasant sight when we arrived at the rental car office. The rain had saturated our bags and made us look like drowned rats. At least they were expecting us and they actually seemed to think that we would be pleased when they informed us that they had replaced our selected car with another of about twice the size. There was a good reason why we had chosen the compact Peugeot. When you are driving through medieval villages with narrow cobblestoned steets, the last thing you need is a giant SUV. But that is exactly what we were given.

    I had never even heard of a Peugeot 3008, let alone know how to drive one. All I could see was that it was huge. Genuinely huge. I immediately had awful premonitions of trying to park it in tiny parking lots and trying to squeeze it down streets that were designed for small horses. On a more positive note, it was supplied complete with a fancy GPS navigational system, which was just as well. Although we had taken our faithful TomTom GPS with us, when we went to turn it on we discovered that the last person we had loaned it to had somehow switched it to Spanish and we couldn't figure out how to return it to English.

    I sat in the driver's seat in the driveway of the rental car depot for what seemed like an eternity, before I finally mustered the courage to enter the motoring maelstrom of Nantes' peak hour traffic. The first few km were the worst, but gradually I discovered what each control did. The car even had some sort of undercar cameras which showed what the car was currently driving over. That was a first.

    Before long we were hurtling down the tollway at 135 kph. The rain was still pouring down, but I had found the windscreen wiper switch, so it wasn't too much of a problem. I still haven't discovered how to turn on the adaptive cruise control.

    Our destination for today was the moderate sized city of Rochefort. We safely arrived there around 3 pm and found that the city looked like it had been having a hard time of things. The shops were invariably run down, as were just about all the other buildings in the town. It was a far cry from the magnificent buildings we had seen in St Malo.

    The most amazing attraction we discovered in the city was a full size reconstruction of a sailing ship. We thought it was just some sort of museum piece, but it was actually intended as a playground for children. In case the thought of having your child swinging through the rigging about 10 m above the deck was enough to scare you, the sign did clearly warn that "it was only for children 6 years or older". I guess they do care about safety after all.

    We had booked an apartment for the night and were relieved when we were able to find a parking spot right outside the front door. A visit to the supermarket and boulangerie gave us all the ingredients we needed for a delicious dinner. We were even able to take advantage of the washing machine to catch up on our laundry.

    Tomorrow we continue our drive another 340 km to the Dordogne Region.
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    Dennis Dawson

    This is a kid's playground - believe it or not. I am not sure that I would be happy for a 6 year old to climb in that rigging, but that is what it is for.

  • Day16

    Rochefort Schwebefähre

    July 1 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Heute Nacht stehe ich bei der Schwebefähre, nein nicht die in Rendsburg, die schwebt ja nicht mehr, sondern in Rochefort etwas südlich von La Rochelle. Von hier aus ging es heute Nachmittag zu einem ausgedehnten Spaziergang in die Altstadt.

    Als ich wieder beim Bus war, hatte ich einen ziemlich neugierigen Gast, der alles genau untersuchen musste.

    Auch hier in Rochefort, obwohl relativ weit weg von der Küste sind die Preise in der Aussengastronomie etwas überzogen. Ich habe mir stattdessen ein nettes Plätzchen an der Schwebefähre gesucht, wo ich meinen Sauvignon von der Domaine Courpron (irgendwo hier aus der Region) in Ruhe genießen kann.
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  • Day16

    Rochefort City

    July 1 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Der Reiseführer sagt, Rochefort wurde ab 1666 als Marinestützpunkt angelegt. Hier arbeiteten bis zu 10.000 Mann. Durch die vorgelagerten Inseln Ré, Oléron und Aix bietet die Flussmündung der Charente einen gewissen Schutz, was Rochefort zu einem geografisch und strategisch günstigen Ort für maritime Belange machte. Im Jahr 1926 wurde das Arsenal allerdings still gelegt.

    Der Weg in die Stadt führte mich entlang der Chatente bis zur L'Hermione, dem Nachbau des Schiffes mit dem Lafayette 1780 nach Boston gesegelt ist.

    Die Altstadt ist in Blöcke aufgeteilt, erinnert ein bisschen an amerikanische Städte. Aber sehr nett hier mit einem zentralen Platz und mit vielen Restaurants. Der erste Labcache hier konnte mit kleineren Problemen letztendlich erledigt werden.
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  • Day17

    Strandtag und Royan

    July 2 in France ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Heute ging es mal an den Strand, Alternativprogramm! Ein bisschen in der Sonne dösen und dann auch noch ins Wasser, wie Urlaub! Im Anschluss noch ein bisschen in den Felsen rumklettern und der Nachmittag ist fast rum 🤦 Danach bin ich noch kurz nach Royan gefahren und ein bisschen durch die Stadt gelaufen. Viel gibt es hier aber nicht zu sehen. Eine ziemlich hässliche Betonkirche und eine Promenade.

    Die Nacht verbringe ich in Saint-Thomas-de-Conac im Weinanbaugebiet Cognac (bin schon an einigen Destillerien vorbei gekommen). Bis in den Ort Cognac sind es allerdings noch 50 Kilometer (und nicht auf der geplanten Route, mal sehen ob sich das lohnt). Dafür konnte ich heute meine Aussendusche ausprobieren, mit dem neuen Kanister. Da es heute den ganzen Tag schön warm war, brauchte ich nicht mal Wasser zu erhitzen. Hat super funktioniert und auf dem gratis Stellplatz gibt es auch noch Wasser für lau.
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  • Day12

    Abendliche Überfahrt Richtung Bourdeaux

    August 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wunderschön aber auch wunderschön überlaufen :-) haben bei 8 Camping Plätzen keinen Platz bekommen aber nun einen sehr schönen. Zum Abendbrot gibt es heute Touri gerecht Pizza und Burger.. Bissle Anpassung muss ja sein :-)Read more

  • Day11

    Little boat tour in the evening

    August 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Cruising on the Atlantique around Fort Boyard. Got really sick this time🤮😂 As it was only me, a family and the crew the captain allowed me to take over and to fully push the boat straight to Fort Boyard😁⛴ Was fun! And please take care of my outfit, wanted to bring a little bit style into the camping place🤷🏼‍♀️ I like that somebody said looks like Peg Bundy😂Read more

    Christian Holz

    So schön und so mutig. Bin stolz auf dich mein Schatz.

    Lara M.

    Danke mein Schatz😊😘

    Heidrun Holz

    So was erlebt man wohl bloß wenn man alleine unterwegs ist. Toll.

  • Day11

    Happy with my place I found

    August 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Near Fort Boyard... uhhh, so exciting as everybody knows it from the TV shows😂 The beach was full of tourists, not my world but took the obvious memory photo and sat down near the harbour with a glass of rosé vine d‘Oléron🥃 This is what I‘m looking for. Enjoying moments, watching people and not thinking about when I have to be home again or when the supermarket closes as I have to buy washing pouder yet. Thanks God to having this opportunity in life. And thanks to my grandparents who will hopefully look at me with a smile from above🖤🙏🏻Read more

  • Day5

    Sind auf einem guten Weg

    July 11, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nach einem Tag Pause, bummeln, lesen, faulenzen sind wir heute wieder auf der Suche nach Spanien. Da es immer wieder leichte Navigationsschwächen 😉 gibt müssen wir auf die Hilfe einer Fähre hoffen.
    Spaß bei Seite, kleine Überfahrt spart bisschen Zeit und ist immer wieder ein kleines Abenteuer.
    Ziel heute, Campingplatz Nähe Bordeaux
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    MAY'ne Footprints

    Am Ende der Straße kommt immer Wasser. Thomas... Erzähl Maxi von der Gruselnacht :*

    MAY'ne Footprints

    Warum eigentlich mit Navi??

    Stephan Zimmer

    Ohne Helm sieht eben alles anders aus....

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  • Day25

    Königliche Seilerei Rochefort

    July 6 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die " Corderie Royale" zeugt mit ihrer Architektur von der Grösse und der Macht Ludwigs des XIV. im 17. Jahrhundert - sie ist länger, als der Eiffelturm hoch ist.
    Die Königliche Seilerei wurde zwischen 1666 und 1669 erbaut und belieferte die königliche Marine und ihre Schiffe drei Jahrhunderte lang mit Seilwerk.Read more

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