On the way to Ile d'Aix, you'll observe some forts that were constructed as lines of last defence for Rochefort which was then a major battle ship constuction town. Thus all navigable entrances to Rochefort were strategically fortified against enemy Gallons and war ships.
This is few kilometers from Rochefort and a good tourist in this environment should not miss this place. It was said, that Napolion was on this Island after the loss of the battle of Waterloo.
See details this Island on my page.
This is a rare church building in Rochefort's surburb... T he church is called Eglise romane (XII siecle). To reach Echillais, you must cross the La Charente either by the Pont Transbordeur if you belong to the past or make use of the new bridge if you belong to the present. The villagers are very proud of this 12th century church building and it is worth seing the works of the people of the this epoc....It gives you a feeling...perharps, .. that you were there, that you somehow belong to the place!!!
This piece of Roman architecture is an Isolated case in France. There is no other place in France you could see this particular form of masterpiece. It is not of Ghotic origin, but Roman.... and the villagers were very proud to preserve it. This is the only attraction in Echillais.
The seaman's tool artwork is made of corper. The picture was taken near the sight of Hermione construction, a large XVIIIth century ship that was La Fayette's. It is a magnificient site and a challenge: one day the Hermione will sail over to Boston...
Rocheforts Corderie Royal was created in the XVIIth century and is now the finest treasure of the maritime pack. If you visit here, you will discover the epic of the sea fearers, the secrets of ropes and seagoing techniques.
In order to construct the Hermione the exact way it was, experts such as this gentleman were hire from all over Europe to reconstruct every tools and seaman equipments the way they were done in the XVIIIth century. This goldsmith was caught by my camera molding some of the parts for the Hermione currently under construction in Rochefort.
Inside view of the church. (Eglise romane) It is now open for tourist, the locals no longer worship here....