La Rochelle


A drive to La Rochelle is a splendid treat.  A lively city and a beautiful seaport by the Atlantic Ocean in the western part of France.  



Like most cities bearing their icons, La Rochelle is famous for these two  towers guarding the old port.  The city map will guide you in exploring the city on foot.  You can also use bikes to go around. There are public parking available at the town centre with a multi-level basement parking to preserve the historic look within the square.



We have seen its well preserved architecture and  prestigious heritage drawing a lot of tourists. The tree bordered restaurants lining the streets were bustling with families. Crepe , ice cream and waffle stations surrounded by benches filled with locals and tourists people watching  while savoring their dessert.

Tour de  la Lanterne (Lantern Tower)
Moules-frites - my summer wish list


Things to Do in La Rochelle:

1. Order moules-frites! (mussels with french fries)
Or any seafood platter.

2. Save some space for crepe or gaffres(waffles).

3. Bike around the vieux port (old port).

4. Stroll along the vieux port and visit the two towers.

5. A visit to the La Rochelle Aquarium  
Ticket for non guided visit costs 
Eur 12.50 per person roughly about 2 hours.
Eur 16 per person for a guided tour.

6. Check out Tour de la Lanterne (Lantern Tower), 

the only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic coast.

7.  Visit  Île de Ré,a hidden gem of an island

best explored by cycling.
and check out  Fort Boyard known for the 
popular french TV Game Show shot in the same venue.

8.  A stroll in La Rochelle Market.


9. Visit Hotel de ville. 


10. Lounge around a cafe. People watch. Continue exploring the 

cobblestone streets around the Old Port.

C'est tout.
Which of the top recommendations will you do first?
Happy Monday!
XOXO,
Arni

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