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Trip to France West Coast

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A May 2009 trip to France by Fiver29

La Rochelle Harbour Photo, La Rochelle, France More Photos
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Where to Stay

Nieulle-sur-Seudre

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Hotel | "Petit Nieulle"

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Located in a small village just outside La Rochelle on the west coast of France, this cottage is a lovely base for your holiday.The cottage is actually located in a village called Nieulle Sur Seudre in the Charente region. The village is very small but without a satnav the cottage would have been rather difficult to find, as the instructions for the final few miles were very basic.However, once you’ve navigated the small roads of the village the cottage is a very pleasant surprise. It seemed to us that it may once have been two separate cottages that have been joined together, as not only are there 6 bedrooms in the cottage, but there is a studio flat attached where the key h...Read More

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West Coast

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The West Coast of France around La Rochelle is very unspoilt. Because it's not a huge tourist area, many of the locals only speak French as you'd expect, and many of those who do speak English only speak small amounts. So make sure you swat up on your French before you go.

General Attractions

Fa Roman Dig

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Attraction | "History Under Your Feet"

Fa Model Photo, France, Europe
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In the Charente Maritime area of France just outside Barzan you’ll find a small museum and Roman dig. The site was originally discovered in 1975 when aerial photographs of the area revealed a Roman port town in the village called Le Fâ. The site is believed to be the city of Novioregum, although this is yet to be verified.This is still a working dig, as there is much of the city yet to be unearthed, and when we visited there were what appeared to be a bunch of university students working on the dig (although that might be stereotyping archaeological types). Apart from the main tower, the major unearthing has been the Roman Baths, which take up most of the area open to the public....Read More

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Talmont

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Attraction | "Well Worth a Visit"

Talmont Photo, France, Europe
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Talmont is a small village on the West Coast of France, according to the leaflet it was originally built in 1284 by Edward I of England who reigned in this part of France during this period. It is well positioned on the estuary of the Gironde River.The only cars which are allowed in the village are the cars of the residents. For visitors there is a car park just before the entrance to the village, it costs 1€ to park for the day, from there it’s a very short walk into the village.The main feature of the village is the Roman style church of Sainte-Radegonde which dates back to the 12th century; the church is located on the cliff side looking out over the estuary. The church w...Read More

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La Rochelle in General

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Attraction | "A Day Out in La Rochelle"

La Rochelle Photo, La Rochelle, France
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La Rochelle is a town on the West Coast of France. It is a large harbour town, and at one point in its history it was the largest harbour in France.Driving into the town is relatively simple, the car parks are well signposted, and we decided to park right on the harbour front. The charges for the car park were very reasonable, at least compared to car parks where I live; it was just a couple of Euros for a full day.From the harbour car park we walked approximately 10 minutes into the shopping precinct. There was a small outdoor market in the centre, mainly selling fruit and vegetables. There was also an indoor market which also has fruits and vegetables, but also a selectio...Read More

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Animal Lovers

Zoo de la Palmyre

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Attraction | "Palmyre Zoo. A Lovely Day Out"

Zoo de la Palmyre Photo, Les Mathes, France
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Palmrye Zoo is on the west cost of France in the Charente region, it's located between Saintes and La Rochelle. It boasts of having 1600 animal and being 30 acres of the most important zoological garden in France.Finding the zoo is reasonably simple, unless you have a strange satnav (as we did) who likes to take you on a magical mystery tour first. For people without satnav, the roads are well signposted from several miles out.General information on the zoo first. The zoo is open all year: 9am-7pm April to September,9am-6pm rest of year. Sea lion and parrot shows run from April to end of October. The zoo is wheelchair accessible. Parking is free, dogs are not allowed in the zoo...Read More

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Zoo de la Palmyre

Les Mathes
+33 8 92 68 18 48

Aquarium La Rochelle

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Attraction | "Something Fishy Going On"

Aquarium La Rochelle Photo, La Rochelle, France
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Aquarium La Rochelle, unsurprisingly is in La Rochelle on the West Coast of France. It’s located in the centre of the town, a few minutes from the station, and within 5 minutes walk of the main shopping area. It boasts 12,000 marine animals, 20 species of shark, 70 aquariums and 3 million litres of water.Opening Times and Prices*********************Adults are 13 €, children aged 3 to 17 years (and students with student card) are 10 € and children under 3 years are freeIf you want a narrated visit (with audio guide), you need to add 3,50€ to the individual prices. We decided against the narrated visit and it didn’t spoil the enjoyment at all, because all the notice...Read More

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Aquarium La Rochelle
Port des Minimes
La Rochelle, France