You have one, two, four hours or a whole day to visit …. Whatever the case, at your own speed, I will help you discover this beautiful town rich in maritime history of different epochs, its famous citizens as well as unexpected and astonishing aspects.
This visit will give you a good insight into the distinctive features of the town (historical, economical, contemporary) without forgetting anecdotes, secrets and mysteries to be glimpsed through passageways, gargoyles and small squares
A good way to deepen your knowledge of the town, to visit one of the numerous museums (the museum of the New World, the museum of the Protestant History, the WW2 Bunker) as well as the famous medieval towers of the harbour and the Town Hall
Experience local life:
- have a look at the food market and meet local producers and sellers
- admire the treasures of architecture (gargoyles, engraved-carved signs and sculptures)
- go through hidden-secret passageways
Let's go for an entertaining bike ride in the city and on the outskirts.
In addition to the visit of the old districts, we will go along the bay, through the parks to see the architecture reminding us of the time when La Rochelle was a great bathing resort in the XIXth and XXth centuries, as well as the modern part of the town and then finally take the boat-bus, an electric (or solar-powered) boat to the marina…
A half day or full day guided cycling tour of a town which pioneered cycle tracks. Use your own bike or rent one for a ride on cycle tracks both in and around the city: modern districts, the marina, the parks and further along the coast
Share with me my favourite places: a typical French bistro, a tea room with oriental atmosphere or savour a coffee in a Belle Epoque (early twenties) café
It's worth going a bit further to discover emblematic sites, close to La Rochelle
Guided tour with focus on the town in the XVIIIth century with a visit of the château de Buzay nearby. The visit of this authentic XVIIIth century chateau includes a commentary by the owner
In the close proximity of La Rochelle, a site of special interest, la Maison de Cognac-Normandin. This beautiful XVIIIth century house is an ideal place to get to know the technique of cognac making. Of course, a cognac tasting !
Take another look at history with a guide dressed in the fashion of the past
Françoise de Rohan, Jeanne d’Albret’ cousin, tells us how La Rochelle became the protestant leading town in kingdom of France in the middle of the XVIth century. What was the role of Jeanne d’Albret, mother of the future famous king Henri IV, who remained in La Rochelle for three years in the company of the chief protestant leaders? Something people don’t know much about.
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Suzanne, a rich merchant’s daughter, takes us from a great mansion to another following the trails of a group of merchants.She tells us about her father who was successful in his business thanks to sugar from the French West Indies and about their daily life in the city, receptions, balls, theatre, not forgetting tittle-tattle.
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