Early spring to summer last year the Admiral and I stayed in the marina of La Rochelle. Despite all the trouble we had there, we fell in love with the town. Coming back 14 months later felt like returning home. La Rochelle had really grown on us. We even drove by the Admiral’s hospital – hmmm!
La Rochelle is a very unique sea side town with remarkable history and a special seaside atmosphere influenced by 6 meter tides. The old port and marine activities are the center point of life in town. The marina has more than 4000 berth and 10 kilometers of floating docks. Many famous boatbuilders call La Rochelle their home: Amel, Dufour, Fountain Pajot or RM Yachts. If you want to see and learn more about La Rochelle follow this link: Wiki of La Rochelle
The visit was a spontaneous idea, inspired by their annual ‘Grand Pavois’ boat-show. We combined it with some business we had to do there. On our way, we took the scenic route going through the ‘Cevennes’, heading towards Limoges and then direct to La Rochelle. The trip was 4 hours longer than the normal autoroute via Toulouse. We enjoyed winding country roads most of the way (except for the last miles in the dark, when we took the autoroute).
We visited some friends and our beloved chandlery Mare Magnum with Florence, Thierry and Olymp, who all greeted us like family. It felt good to be back!
Food was excellent. Our little stowaway Remy, representing our grandchildren, made excellent food choices for us.
We were astonished by the very high end food served at the temporary boat show restaurants. It was delicious, but hey, we are in France!
Very early Monday morning we hurried back to the boat since there was a strong wind forecast for Southern France.