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LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE

Our Atlantic Call


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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.

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St. Saviour’s church, first built in the 12th century, has long been the sailors’ parish church.

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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.

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The Great Clock is a remnant of the old town wall, but reconstructed in 1746.

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Here is the Place de Verdun and the Cathedral – yellow city bikes are for rent in the foreground.

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The Old Market Square

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La Rochelle has a reputation for having great oysters.

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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.

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These are the three towers on the harbor – the third one is the Tour de la Lanterne, the former lighthouse and then prison.

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Out toast to you– thanks for “traveling” with us! It’s been a lovely cruise!!!

Posted by Swenigale 13:55

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