Poitou-Charentes

The Marais Poitevin of Poitou-Charentes

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
The Marais Poitevin of Poitou-Charentes

The quaint little country town of Coulon is home to the Maison du Marais Poitevin visitor centre and start point for boat tours in the Marais. Or to give it it’s full name, the Marais Poitevin, 18,553 hectares of waterway network. It was entirely created by man, close to the Atlantic coast, a little south […]

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Four really great family restaurants in Poitou-Charentes

Written by on October 12, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
Four really great family restaurants in Poitou-Charentes

Some of the best eating haunts in the Vendee and the Charente to suit all the family: Accommodating my little tribe and all that comes with them is never easy when it comes to eating out. This summer as usual we wandered in France including down through the Vendée, on to the Charente and out east to […]

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Boat ride on the Marais Poitevin

Written by on September 27, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
Boat ride on the Marais Poitevin

Take a relaxing boat ride on the sleepy backwaters of the Marais Poitevin the Green Venice of Poitou-charentes which sits south of Fontenay le Comte, west of the medieval town of Niort and north east of La Rochelle. It’s part of a larger area (the Marais Poitevin) which is made up of dry marshlands and […]

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Rochefort celebrates 350 years of Naval History

Written by on March 30, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
Rochefort celebrates 350 years of Naval History

2016 sees the 350th Anniversary Arsenal of Rochefort, Louis XIV’s naval dockyard.  In 1666 the king had the idea of creating his military naval base inland rather than on the coast – a little upstream on the Charente River and protected by the islands of Aix and Madame. The Ponant Arsenal was built which extended […]

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La Rochelle A Port for All Seasons

Written by on January 8, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
La Rochelle A Port for All Seasons

The mesmerising maritime town of La Rochelle has been winning fans for hundreds of years for good reason: beautiful buildings and streets, a picturesque port and plenty for visitors to see and do, not to mention the best seafood in France (probably!)…  Even arriving by train, you’re plunged straight into maritime La Rochelle. 1920s murals […]

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Insiders Guide to the Ile de Re

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Poitou-Charentes
Insiders Guide to the Ile de Re

St Tropez on the French Riviera and the Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime share several features – the same number of hours of sunshine for instance. Both attract a lot of tourists and celebrities in summer. But in other ways they could not be more different: bling-bling, showing off and the international jet-set on one side […]

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Lafayette’s Hermione sets sail for America once more

Written by on May 28, 2015 in Photo gallery, Poitou-Charentes
Lafayette’s Hermione sets sail for America once more

Every now and again, someone comes up with an idea that catches the attention and fires the imagination, the Hermione boat is one such, a ghost from the past which is capturing the hearts and minds of the present… In May 2015 I was lucky enough to be in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime when l’Hermione ship […]

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The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Poitou-Charentes
The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

The building of a replica 18th Century sailing ship in France is an incredible project which began in 1997 and is coming to fruition in 2015 – but its roots go back more than two centuries to it’s namesake Hermione, a boat that played an important role in the history of America and France… In […]

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The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Poitou-Charentes
The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

At sunrise, the road across the marais de Brouage runs straight as a die towards ancient hills in the east. We are staying at a gîte in Marennes, the ‘City of Oysters’, as we put the final coat of paint on the walls of a recently purchased property a little further inland. It is late […]

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Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a family in Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream of doing just what […]

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