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December 30, 2014

La Rochelle continues, night and muséums.

Ok so after a long day of walks and visits to some historical monuments and eating some good chow, finall gotten to our appart hotel, got a good night sleep,and ready for the second day of activities;;;;;!

La Rochelle was wonderful on our first full day there, and the second day was no exception if better.

We had plans to visit the aquarium as my boys love them, so we hit that first right off opening time at 10h (10am). http://www.aquarium-larochelle.com/en

This was at 15€ per person a bit too much, the place is nice , spacious, and good education but the price tag is a bit high and no discount for families. We walk into the main section where an elevator takes you down to the Atlantic cell, then more Mediterranean, Oceanique, to the amphitheater , and up again by walkways (there are elevators too) ; you see the corals, the indo pacific ocean, the lagoon, the Caribbean the sharks, go around the cornish  and the tropical jungle, then out back out to the boutique and restaurant on the top floor with great views of the old harbor or vieux port. The site tells you 2 hours are ok but we took 2h30 to see it all. Nice but again the price is a bit high me think.

We went back to our appart hotel Odalys area and just around the corner there are two museum , the automates and the reduits, these are great value both muséums for 11€! and you see in the Automates figurines of old publicity periods in working order and they move, they sing etc. You are thrown back to another era with walks by Montmartre. We go out and into the reduits museum this one is of scale models of boats, like the Titanic, the trains, the planes, the cars and motocycles, very nice indeed as it relates more to our adult life.  The official site in French here, http://www.museeslarochelle.com/index.php?resultat=automates/automates.php

The tourist office has more in English here ; http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/discover-la-rochelle/museums/123305-musee-des-automates-et-modeles-reduits

We had our tour of the town again, and again, we walk all over, wonderful town full of old wooden houses, and old historial buildings even now used as concert hall like the Oratory or Oratoire where Richelieu gave the first Catholic Mass after taking the town back from the Protestants.

We did enjoy the rock scene at the Christmas market by the cours des dames near the vieux port.

Another nice museum is the naval museum or musée Maritime ,this is a wonderful home grown museum that shows the sea life in this area typical of the region and France. The sea is everywhere,and this is a seafarer town par excellence!

Since its inception in 1988, the Maritime Museum of la Rochelle or Musée Maritime gathered a fleet of eight ships: the meteorological frigate France I, the trawler back Angoumois, tug Saint-Gilles, the classic trawler Manuel Joël, Joshua, Bernard Moitessier, the SNSM Commander Leverger canoe ketch, the dredge TD6 and Duperré, major canoe star. La Rochelle Naval Museum has developed on its quays a reception policy of classic yachts whose owners are committed to sail and race. The project of restoration of the Slipway will complement this dynamic and will give La Rochelle of a tool suitable for the restoration, maintenance of the boats. Just great history for the whole family. http://www.museemaritimelarochelle.fr/contenu/,Accueil,131
In all it was a pleasant visit to La Rochelle ,and now that we know it better, another spot in our favorites map, and one to consider coming back. After all, I come here on seminars and the anecdote that my oldest son studied here and remembered it fondly , makes it for a sure repeat in the future. You too will be enchanted by this seafarer town of La Rochelle.
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December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015 to all of my followers and readers , thank you.

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and of course to add as the old song said, “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a  Merry Christmas ,AND a Happy New Year”

Some photos of our Christmas market in La Rochelle with a festive mood we are all loaded for waiting the New Year here.

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Carrousel at place de verdun Christmas chalets

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Christmas chalets by cours des dames vieux port

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Grosse Horloge and festive Christmas markets

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live music at Christmas market by cours des dames vieux port

Wishing all a very healthy , prosperous and beautiful travels expériences in 2015. Cheers!!!

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