Stuff to do near La Rochelle

Mar 16th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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Stuff to do near La Rochelle

Planning to take a Gite near La Rochelle. 4 in family ages 18 (going on 12) up to 85. Vegitarian. Without driving to far and ignoring La Rochelle and Isle de what eles it there to do?
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Mar 16th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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The Michelin Green Guide Atlantic Coast might be of some help.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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Hi BB,

not too far away from La rochelle is "Le Puy de Fou" at Cholet. it is a french theme park [the theme being the history of the vendee] with something for everyone - donkeys, rose gardens, medieval jousting, and a roman amphitheatre where the lions take on the christians.

there is also a night-time "son et lumiere" type production which when we saw it featured more than 1000 people and animals. it's very popular so tickets go fast.

there is also a zoo near les sables d'olonne just a few kms north, the aquarium at las rochelle itself, the cognac "chaies" at Cognac, the cathedral at angouleme, futuroscope at poitiers, etc etc..

hope you're going for a fortnight!

regards, ann
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Mar 16th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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Put the 18 yr old (going on 12) into a sailing or surfing school and let him burn off a little of that energy and make some new friends.

We found Saintes to have something for everyone. Impressive Roman ruins, Abbayes, pedestrian neighborhood, river walk, good restaurants.

Pons is very interesting for a pass through for its historical past being on la Route de St. Jacques de Compostelle. An hour or two then lunch works well.
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Visit the Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oléron. Saintes is a wonderful town. Go inland to Angoulème and Cognac and Condom.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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You've no doubt seen this, but:

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We were in La Rochelle on a cruise. We opted for a tour that took us to the Poitou Marshland, known as the Green Venice. It was delightful. The tour also stopped in the little city of Coulon, also interesting. It mught be a little tame for your children, though!
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Mar 17th, 2008, 01:14 AM
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Plenty to research :

Fouras (food, beaches)
La Rochelle (food, history & atmosphere)
Ile d'Aix (history)
Le Marais (atmosphere)
Il de Ré (atmosphere)
Royan (atmosphere)
Saintes (history)


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