Our Atlantic Call
04/27/2010 - 04/27/2010
This was our last port on our fantastic voyage. We were blessed, once again, with great weather, so we spent the day exploring this former Protestant city.
St. Saviour’s church, first built in the 12th century, has long been the sailors’ parish church.
The old harbor is flanked by Tour St. Nicholas (on the left) and Tour de la Chaîne. In the Middle Ages, the towers were constructed to raise a chain to seal off the harbor each night.
The Great Clock is a remnant of the old town wall, but reconstructed in 1746.
Here is the Place de Verdun and the Cathedral – yellow city bikes are for rent in the foreground.
The Old Market Square
La Rochelle has a reputation for having great oysters.
The Old City is full of half-timbered houses, beautiful old arcades, and cobblestone streets. The stones came to the city as ballast in ships from Canada in the trading days of the past.
These are the three towers on the harbor – the third one is the Tour de la Lanterne, the former lighthouse and then prison.
Out toast to you– thanks for “traveling” with us! It’s been a lovely cruise!!!