It's been 10 years since the last time I visited La Rochelle, back when I was a college junior studying abroad for the first time and a trip to Poitiers and La Rochelle was one of our group weekend excursions. So Lionel and I were wanting to get out of town for a weekend, but not too far away as we wanted it to only be a one night trip. We thought about driving down to Spain, but decided to save that for warmer weather, so in the end we opted for La Rochelle and the nearby islands. After weeks of nearly non stop rain we got very lucky and the weather started to clear as we were crossing the bridge to Ile de Ré on Saturday and we enjoyed overall pleasant weather for the weekend, just a few short showers here and there on Saturday.
We had a great time and Lionel really loved La Rochelle. The islands were both very nice and we really enjoyed exploring the area, discovering La Rochelle together, and just getting out of town for a few days.
Ile de Ré:
a beach on Ile de Ré
Lionel and I enjoying the beach
walking along la digue
Lionel walking on the beach
Phare des Baleines
enjoying the view from the end of the island
port of Saint Martin de Ré
the old town
Tour de la Lanterne and the ramparts
view over the Vieux Port from the ramparts
the Vieux Port at night
entrance to the Vieux Port
the 3 towers of the Vieux Port de La Rochelle
Square Rasteau in the historical center...my cat is famous, he has his own square!
view over to Ile d'Oléron from Fouras
view of Fort Enet, Fort Boyard and the Ile d'Oléron from Fouras
La Grande Plage on Ile d'Oléron
Phare de Chassiron
at the far end of the island
the beach in Boyardville
view of Fort Boyard