In the 1700's one of the most important military ports in all of Europe, this great city (almost) by the sea is nowadays the unappreciated sister to la Rochelle and even less frequented than Royan to it's south.
I am not sure why that is, but it seems that even it's citizens look with an envious eye to the city in the north. A bigger port, more tourists?
Personally we really like this town. It has an almost miniature Paris feeling to it, with it's main square, pedestrian friendly streets and wide open parks on the outskirts. Along the river Charente are some incredibly impressive buildings and fortifications. Including a giant glass hangar in which The Hermione, a replica of the famous ship that took the Marquis de La Fayette to America in 1780 to fight in the War of Independence against the British, is being built, mostly by volunteers.
Here are some images we took today. The main square is being turned into a christmas wonder land including a giant ice skating rink. Funny to see Palm trees covered up with a Pine forest.
CHRISTMAS WITH PALM AND PINE TREES
GIANT ICE SKATING RINK IN THE TOWN SQUARE
A MASTER BUTCHER (MAITRE BOUCHER)
POST OFFICE. FULL OF UNDER WORKED CIVIL SERVANTS
A FEEL GOOD TOWN
PATIO SEATING (END OF NOVEMBER)
THIRD FLOOR BALCONY
ARSENAL, PART OF THE NAVY SHIP YARD
NOT SO MUCH A LEISURE BOAT
CREPES AND FRENCH FRIES
GF BUCKWHEAT WITH NUTELLA
TIME FOR LUNCH
A GOOD DEAL
A VERY GOOD DEAL
DOG AT THE BUTCHER (CAME OUT ALIVE, NO WORRIES)