Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ROCHEFORT SUR MER



In the 1700's one of the most important military ports in all of Europe, this great city (almost) by the sea is nowadays the unappreciated sister to la Rochelle and even less frequented than Royan to it's south.
I am not sure why that is, but it seems that even it's citizens look with an envious eye to the city in the north. A bigger port, more tourists?


Personally we really like this town. It has an almost miniature Paris feeling to it, with it's main square, pedestrian friendly streets and wide open parks on the outskirts. Along the river Charente are some incredibly impressive buildings and fortifications. Including a giant glass hangar in which The Hermione, a replica of  the famous ship that took the Marquis de La Fayette to America in 1780 to fight in the War of Independence against the British, is being built, mostly by volunteers. 


Here are some images we took today. The main square is being turned into a christmas wonder land including a giant ice skating rink. Funny to see Palm trees covered up with a Pine forest.


GREAT ARCHITECTURE

CHRISTMAS WITH PALM AND PINE TREES

GIANT ICE SKATING RINK IN THE TOWN SQUARE

MONUMENTS

NAVETTE

PEDESTRIAN ZONES


A MASTER BUTCHER  (MAITRE BOUCHER)


POST OFFICE. FULL OF UNDER WORKED CIVIL SERVANTS


A FEEL GOOD TOWN



PATIO SEATING (END OF NOVEMBER)

THIRD FLOOR BALCONY

ARSENAL, PART OF THE NAVY SHIP YARD

LEISURE BOATS

NOT SO MUCH A LEISURE BOAT

CREPES AND FRENCH FRIES

GF BUCKWHEAT WITH NUTELLA

TIME FOR LUNCH

A GOOD DEAL

A VERY GOOD DEAL

FLEURS



DOG AT THE BUTCHER (CAME OUT ALIVE, NO WORRIES)


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