You know the Vendée, Noirmoutier island, part II

Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier Noirmoustier NoirmoustierOk so now taking over from my personal trip to the Vendée , the continuation of the visit to Noirmoutier-en-île.

It was the leisure walk on the town knowing that this is an island that is only 18 kms long by a width that goes from 500 meters to 12 kms for a total area of 49 km2. Ok if my non metric background tells me correctly this is about 11 miles long by from 800 feet to 7 miles for a total area of 19 square miles.

So the water is all around you , and the architecture resembles more of a Spanish white town of Andalucía than all the way north in the Vendée of France.

The digue or dam all along the canal into the harbor area is lovely and nice plaques announcing historical events abound. This was done by Jean Corneille Jacobsen starting from 1818.  This took an area of about 59 hectares or 146 acres.

There is a lovely square Place Saint Louis where the nice restaurants we ate in one, and lovely architecture. There is a pretty Carrousel ride on the square or Place de la République at Noirmoustier which is grand as there is also a covered market there.  More on them here: http://uk.ile-noirmoutier.com/activities-outings/shopping/markets

And more on them here in English as well : http://uk.ile-noirmoutier.com/node/466

A bit more on the Jacobsen family, very much part of this island since the 1700’s ; here is more in French from the tourist office: http://www.ile-noirmoutier.com/ot-noirmoutier/espace-presse/idees-reportages/patrimoine-historique/la-famille-Jacobsen

You have a beautiful harbor with the dams as explain in English at the tourist office site. The port is split in two and separated by the Place d’Armes (where the castle is located) : Quai Cassard, named after the ship’s captain, and Quai Jean Bart, descendant of the Jacobsen family, both seafarers at the end of the 17th century. More here http://uk.ile-noirmoutier.com/ot-noirmoutier-en/home/my-holiday/six-good-reasons-to-visit-noirmoutier/conservation-and-heritage/th

At the harbor and the market you can find the very best from the region and especially the fish and seafood is fresh and abundant beautifully displayed in the stands. More on this culinary discovery which sure will take us back is here in English: http://uk.ile-noirmoutier.com/my-holiday/gourmet-flavours

In all a wonderful time in a pretty island off the mainland of the Vendée or Poitou of France; my belle France! Enjoy it as I do everyday ;Cheers

 

 

 

 

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