Saturday, July 16, 2016

La Rochelle

The weekend after Andrew and I met, I spent the weekend sailing out of La Rochelle with my parents and spent most of the time texting Andrew, so was very excited to show him this gorgeous city that I associate with him but that he hadn't been to. It is a major sailing place and very touristy but so beautiful - highly recommended. However, we hadn't bargained for the festival that was on this weekend - first weekend of summer in France! Wow it was so busy and the Francofolies concert played til after we slept every night..... still we loved La Rochelle.....

Old Port 
Gate to the city
Fifteenth century market
Beautiful buildings
Canal in town

Partying in La Rochelle

Packed Quay
Such a big marina - Askari is 250 boats from the left
New walkway at the Marina Minimes
The Famous Towers - sadly flags flying half mast for Nice
La Rochelle
Minimes Beach - just near the marina
Andrew in Minimes
Just a few boats on the water
We did some exploring, I hit the sales in a big way - huge discounts so a great chance to update my summer wardrobe and replace lost sunnies......

Then despite a free night in the marina we decided to head out into Biscay on Sunday morning. This was because there was wind on Sunday and then none forecast until it turned the wrong direction. So our prep for what is supposed to be a challenging trip was rushed but we finally got Askari ready about 9pm and headed out for a beach meal - our last in France (but don't worry the freezer is stocked with Pain au Raisin and there's plenty of wine aboard!!).

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