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    Phare du bout du monde

    by gwened Written Dec 30, 2014

    the lighthouse at the end of the world, lol! this is at the beach plage des minimes and it is quaint we walk here and even in cold weather is nice, in summer should be popping.

    This lighthouse in the front of the tip of the Minimes in La Rochelle, it's a replica identical to the lighthouse at the end of the world of Patagonia erected in 1884 on the island of the States East of the Mitre peninsula in Tierra del Fuego. It was re done here in 2000.

    It is a light wooden octagonal form ,and projecting the light produced by seven lamps operating with rapeseed oil on both sides, through large crystals. The beam has a range of 27 km on a 93 ° angle.

    In 1905, it inspire Jules Verne to do a novel on it call " Le phare du bout du monde" or the lighthouse at the end of the world from the one in Patagonia. Behind if look carefully you can see the island of île d'Aix.

    For those with nature and joggers, you can go to the park (parc des péres) by the Minimes, inseparable from the sea bordering it. The small nooks offer intimate lovers moments big and small can romp on the spacious lawns. Joggers and other cyclists will opt for the bicycle band that takes them to Châtelaillon-Plage through the beaches of Aytré and Angoulins. The coastal walk ends on the beach of the Minimes.

    Very quaint and the beach if small is nice. It even has an association to take care of it
    http://www.lr17.tm.fr/YulWeb/assoc.htm
    and see a bit on the tourist office link map at bottom left.Parc des Péres

    llighthouse end of the world a plaque with history of lighthouse right of lightouse the beach Minimes
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    Aquarium La Rochelle

    by gwened Updated Dec 29, 2014

    Nice aquarium in La Rochelle of course, the sea traditions are big here, the location is at Quai Louis Prunier. Easy walk from the vieux port.

    Great for the whole family, my kids love these places. It is open April to june from 9h - 20h and then July and August 9h - 23h, September 9h - 20h, and October to March 10h - 20h so all year.
    you have free parking about 400 meters from the aquarium. admission 15€ adults

    train is five minutes on foot from the station, I come by car, taking the A83 direction Bordeaux , then exit sortie 7 direction Ste Hermine La Rochelle. Follow direction La Rochelle on the road D137 ,then the road N137 same, the directin SNCF train station, then follow panels for aquarium.

    You have an aquarium map here
    http://www.aquarium-larochelle.com/en/visite

    It open in 1988, and its one of the biggest in Europe privately owned. the area covers 8 445 m2 with 12 000 animals of 600 species in 3 millions liters of sea water in 75 different tanks.Very popular one of the most visited here in France.

    you have the upon entering by an elevator, down. the Espace litoral, going into the Atlantic,mediterranean, océans, lagoon, Caribbean, Sharks, Coral reef, amphitheater, and tropical gardens. time is about 2 hrs but we did 2h30 so dépends on what you like. There is a roofstop restaurant, boutique on exit both direct access without tickets and fast food to take home. You get a booklet, map of park and folder is games for kids.

    aquarium La Rochelle entrance and the sharks see the turtles
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    Musée des Beaux-Arts

    by gwened Written Dec 29, 2014

    The museum of Fine Arts or Musée des Beaux-Arts is housed since 1844 in the second floor (3fl us) of the mansion or Hôtel de Crussol d'Uzès, an episcopal palace neo classic built between 1773 to 1777. The mansion play hosts to Sully (1604), Condé (1615), Louis XIII (1628), and Anne of Austria (1632) before its renovation by Crussol d'Uzès.

    It shows a view of the European painting from the 15C to the early 20C with nice works done by Eustache Lesueur, Paul Liégeois, Jacob II de Gheyn, Luca Giordano, and Willem van Velde le jeune, but especially has great paintings from the Salon of the 19C such as Camille Corot, Paul Huet, and Gustave Doré with some of the local artists such as Théodore Chassériau, Eugène Fromentin or William Bouguereau.

    In English from the tourist office
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/discover-la-rochelle/museums/123306-musee-des-beaux-arts
    It has work of beautiful view of the harbor of La Rochelle by Paul Signac and Albert Marquet. The 20C is represented by work by Aristide Maillol, Antoine Bourdelle, Alberto Magnelli, and Gaston Chaissac.

    open from October 1 to June 30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9h30- 12h30 and 13h45- 17h00. open Saturdays Sundays and Holidays from 14H-18H. closed tuesdays
    from July 1 to SEptember 30 open mondays, wednesdays Thursdays and fridays from 10h- 13h and 13h45-18h, sundays and holildays from 14H to 18H, closed Tuesdays.
    Closed jan 1, May 1, July 14, Nov 1 and 11, Dec 25
    admission 4€ adults

    museum of fine arts entrance going away from museum courtyard of museum arriving at museum

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    Musée du nouveau monde

    by gwened Written Dec 29, 2014

    the museum of the New World in La Rochelle has its history. It is located at the 10 Rue Fleuriau, best from the grosse horloge in vieux port take the rue du palais /rue Chaudrier up to right on Rue Fleuriau and on right hand side.
    More from the city here
    http://www.ville-larochelle.fr/en/culture-sports-et-loisirs/musees/musee-du-nouveau-monde.html
    It is open from October 1 to June 30 mondays wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays from 9h30-12h30 | 13h45-17h, Saturday and Sunday 14h-18h | Closed Tuesdays.
    From July 1 to September 30 open Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays from 10h-12h30 | 13h45-18h, Saturdays and sundays from 14h-18h |Closed Tuesdays.
    Closed holidays of Jan 1, May 1, July 14, Nov 1 and 11, and Dec 25

    It is housed in a mansion from the 18C hôtel Fleuriau. on the theme of the New World from the 16C all discoveries and conquests from La Rochelle.

    The museum has designs, engravings, paintings and French furniture from the 18C as well as furniture from the Americas. The museum is open since 1982.

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    Fort boyard

    by gwened Updated Dec 29, 2014

    this is a fortress use by the mlitiary for a long time and lately its one of the most popular French televison show.

    In 1801, while a break in the French-English quarrels Bonaparte counsel 1st approves a new project to built a fort 80 meters by 40 meters.The work began in 1803, with a camp at the base of the île d'Oléron ,the future village of Boyardville.
    The project stay just that with not much until taken again in 1841 during the reign of Louis-Philippe; the first canons were put in place in 1859
    it serves as a prison during the Prussian French war of 1870, and then left in dispair until 1962 when it was sold in auction. In 1988 it became a fort for a television serie

    many movies and tv series were filmed here, and you can ride around it by boat but is not visited. Here is the webpage of the French tv show
    http://www.fort-boyard.fr/

    Now the cruises take you there like the Croisières en mer, even from La Rochelle and the surrounding islands.
    http://www.promenade-en-mer-larochelle.fr/croisiere-la-rochelle

    approaching Fort Boyard sizing Fort Boyard another shot of Fort Boyard
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    La Porte des deux Moulins,La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    this takes a nice walk but worth it, it is the porte des Deux-Moulins , a city gate in the old medieval center. There were two windmills a low sea level built here or nearby which gave the name to the gate by early the 18C, the first one was set up around 1200.

    It was part of the fortress of Fort des Dames in the 18C as a defensive gate even if the one today is only from the 18C. It was place around the streets rue des Fagots,rue Saint-Jean-du-Pérot,and rue de la Monnaie.

    To read more on the town ,city page in English,not much on it but I tell you more
    http://www.ville-larochelle.fr/en/discover-the-city/tourism.html

    This gate was part of the old medieval center town of La Rochelle. It had five gates to the enclosed city ; on the west porte Neuve, southwest porte des Deux-Moulins, northeast porte Royale ,that was the principal one ,and southeast the porte Saint-Nicolas ,and 4 bridges in succession to reach the north porte Dauphine. Only the porte Dauphine had an entry alone into the city. To make more fluid the traffic a gate or Porte de Paris was built but it was closed to build the porte Royale. The two best preserve are the portes Royale and Dauphine with a Vauban style of construction.

    Et n’oublions pas la plus célèbre porte de La Rochelle, la porte de la Grosse Horloge, qui est vestige de la première enceinte du XIIeme siècle !

    porte des deux moulins, tour lanterne on back
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    The beaches of La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    could be a thing to do, but not the best beaches so would think most go here for La Rochelle history than the beaches.

    However, beaches they have ,freely open for the year except in July and August they have lifeguards from 11h to 19h every day.

    You have the plage des minimes around Avenue du Lazaret smaller and a bit rocky pebbles.

    Then you have the Concurrence, better in city center by the harbor.pdf file on it in French
    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/pfebles.EVIALIS/Mes%20documents/Downloads/Arrete_plage_de_la_Concurrence.pdf

    the other is more isolated but nice fine sand, Chef de Baie, but far from city center. A site in French with more on them
    http://www.visiter-la-rochelle.fr/la-ville/les-plages.html

    and the tourist office in English
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/activities/sport-and-leisure/124334-plage-des-minimes

    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/activities/sport-and-leisure/124333-plage-de-la-concurrence

    plage de la concurrence beach promenade de la concurrence around the beach plage des minimes beach across beach concurrence to tour de la lanterne plage de la concurrence in winter
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    The lighthouses of La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    Very nice and quaint in city center by the Vieux-Port or old harbor, you have two lighthouses.

    the first one by the tour de la Lanterne has a red light so its known as the phare du feu rouge. Once you get nearer the tower of Saint Nicolas then you have the bigger one by the quai Valin or phare blanc (19C) and now call the phare du Quai Valin or fey vert for its green light.

    Quai Valin Lighthouse is an octagonal tower in white smooth stones next to the façade of a house in two levels with a mansard roof. It is on the edge of the basin flowing. It is automated. Non-guardian, it cannot be visited. He is still supported by fire red, across the basin, close to the Saint-Nicolas Tower.

    both are very nice to stop by and see the marine life and history surrounded them, a nice walk in town. More in French at the dept tourist office
    http://www.en-charente-maritime.com/tourisme/visite/patrimoine-maritime/phares

    lighthouse green light by Quai Valin lighthouse red light at foot of tour Saint Nicolas the lighthouse red light by saint nicolas the lighthouse green light by quai gabut red light lighthouse in the evening
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    harbor,sea and rides at LA ROCHELLE

    by gwened Updated Dec 17, 2014

    Plenty of nice harbors from pleasure to fishing and many choices for boat rides into the ocean and around the islands and Fort Boyard. There is something for the whole family here. Mine came and did studies here so, enjoy it

    if coming by boat, water access to the harbors here
    http://www.portlarochelle.com/le-port/plans-et-acces-au-port/

    and minimes,for me the best
    http://www.portlarochelle.com/le-port/port-de-plaisance/port-des-minimes/
    port neuf or new harbor
    http://www.portlarochelle.com/le-port/port-de-plaisance/port-neuf/
    and vieux port or old harbor
    http://www.portlarochelle.com/le-port/port-de-plaisance/vieux-port/

    and the most picturesque the fishing harbor,great stuff here ::)
    http://www.port-peche-larochelle.com/index.php?id_page=1503&id_site=1

    and for fishing rides here
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/activities/fishing

    port des Minimes pleasure marina the fishing harbor at La Rochelle the captain harbormaster at Minimes map of minimes and Capitanerie post
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    Parc Charruyer La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Apr 23, 2014

    a magnificent park to walk and see nature in the city, love it with the kids. My oldest spent his studies here and still find it nice !

    It is an animal park as well, with open air sort of like a zoo, but open, more in the town tourist office
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/activities/sport-and-leisure/131774-parc-animalier-ch-e-beltremieux

    of course feeding animals is not allowed.

    The parc Charruyer houses many animals including turkeys, goats, parrots, turtles , etc. You get to it going up to avenue Maurice-Delmas and see it before your eyes and families playing. The park was done between 1887 and 1890 at the place of old fortications, it has 40 hectares.AFter 1945, it has a zoo or animal park very popular with locals and visitors alike.

    trails at parc charruyer la Rochelle nice bridges at parc charruyer walking in evening carrousel and food by Delmas
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  • La Rochelle -"sugar town"

    by frenchderek Updated May 16, 2008

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    La Rochelle is a beautiful town, with some wonderful buildings - especially in the area extending from the Old Port to the Market. Many of these date from the 18th Century - and were built by the 40 or more grand families who profited from the slave-trade.

    La Rochelle was the second most important slave-trading port in France (behind Nantes). The three-cornered trade sent cheap goods, etc to West Africa where they were exchanged for slaves. The ships then sailed to the Caribbean, where those slaves that survived the voyage were sold. Then, the ships were loaded with sugar and spices for the return trip to La Rochelle. At one time the nickname of La Rochelle was "sugar town".

    The building that now houses le Musée du Nouveau Monde, Maison Fleuriau was built for (and named after) one of the most important slave-owners of the town, who owned a huge sugar plantation on the island of St Domingue. In rue Réamur you can still see several fine buildings of the time - Nos 12, 16, 18 and the Préfecture (which was built as the family home of the Poupet family - must have been a large family!).

    Although at one time la Rochelle had 16 sugar refineries, by 1801 only one was operational. A couple of ex-refineries are still there, in rue Chef-de-Ville: one opposite No 26, the second between Nos 29 and 37.

    The business of slave-trading - and it was, in reality, both a business and profitable - mainly took place in the Exchange (l'hotel de la Bourse), built specially for the purpose, in rue du Palais (No 14). A beautiful courtyard is set off by the richly decorated buildings that form it.

    Not everyone in La Rochelle (nor even on the Exchange floor) was a supporter of the slave trade, though. One still famous local - Samuel de Missy - was both a member of the Exchange and of the "Société des Amis des Noirs" (NB a fellow member of this society was Lafayette!). This double membership couldn't last, of course. He was accused of putting the town's economic livelihood at peril. As a result, he chose the honourable route - and resigned from the Exchange.

    On Slavery Abolition Day each year (around 15 May, depending on the day of the week), the local "Association Memoria" organises a literary tour (in French, sadly) around the sites linked to the three-cornered slave trade.

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    The beach

    by Toyin Written Nov 28, 2004

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    It is a bit hidden but ask the locals for direction...this place is not the regular beach as it was virtually created to allow close to town fun for the inhabitants. The high sea is a bit far from the concentrated areas.
    Yes, ..some are more generous with showing everything!!!

    La Rochelle Beach
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    For perfume lovers...

    by Norali Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    Musset's "Peu importe le flacon, pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse" is not any topical in this museum.

    It's neither any topical in the perfume industry since one knows about the importance of those design *containers* in the perfume purchase. Well, I like perfume and would buy the fragrance I like. Though, I appreciate it when the bottle is well-designed, in tune with the fragrance, with what I sought in the perfume.

    Musée du flacon à parfum is for us, perfume lovers. Go there to find an amazing collection of perfume bottles, miniatures, powder boxes, labels. Some pieces date back to 1920, from great names: Lalique, Dali... Something unforgettable. A kind of museum of perfume, but for the eyes.

    Thinking of it, where else than La Rochelle, who had a tradition of spices trading, would you find this kind of museum? Besides, its location near the Old Harbour contributes in keeping this feeling of travelling in murky depths of time.. amongst the French perfume tradition.

    Go there. We are in the third millenium... You find there other perfume bottles from other countries.

    33 rue du Temple - 17000 La Rochelle

    LR used to trade spices, furs. Luxury ingredients
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    Sailing school

    by Norali Written Oct 22, 2003

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    I guess that if you visit La Rochelle for one week, you won't be interested in taking up sailing- boating lessons.

    In the contrary, if you fancy boating but never had the opportunity to do it, and that you are moving in this nice area, La Rochelle has a school "Ecole de Voile Rochelaise" where to learn about this activity.

    I know the school from my cousin having taken sailing classes there in her teenhood. Quite cool, it seems! Training is not only for kids, it is designed for adults as well. Check website to know more (French only).

    La Rochelle, First european marina
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    La Rochelle, capital city of French protestantism

    by Norali Updated Oct 14, 2003

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    Early XII century, English King, Henri II, Aliénor d'Aquitaine spouse, granted La Rochelle with its free town status.

    Later on, the port city used to tie up trade links. To England and Flanders, salt and wine were exported whilst wool and materials imported from them. XV century: with Canada, La Rochelle got familiar with fur trading. Les Antilles were its partners in the slave trade.

    Economic power resulted from the rise of trading activities. Banks and foreign traders settled in La Rochelle. Soon, this openess to the sea induced the openess to protestant ideology, namely caming from North Europe, whom La Rochelle got acquaintancies with. Besides, Université de Poitiers contributed to the spread of La Réforme. This high-ranking university was really appreciated. Jean Calvin used to meet people in the basement of the university, hiding from Catholic authority. Moreover, religious and ethical aspects (mis-respectful and abusive clergymen), inherent in Catholicism, led people to choose Protestantism.

    Protestants then ruled this area. Wasn't La Rochelle a capital city of French protestantism?

    Catholic French realm didn't appreciate that and gave the first assault to stop the rise. Royal army didn't succeed so, even with Religion wars (1562-1598), the city remained protestant. Not only, they kept their religious freedom but with the release of L' Edit de Nantes (inspired by Henri IV, protestant king), French people were given the freedom to choose their religion.

    When Henri IV died in 1610, this freedom was not guaranteed anymore. Very soon, Louis XIII, his successor, decided to impose catholicism. Independent and rebellous locals resisted to that royal project. Yet, Louis XIII was determined in his action. In 1627, Richelieu gave the final assault by organizing an air and earth blocus. No food entering so to eventually suppress 22 000 of 27 000 Rochelais (!). Remaining 5000 ended up eating rats, grass and human flesh... but catholic! Richelieu epitomizes these 13 months of starvation...

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