WHEN you spend a long weekend in south west France, it is difficult to resist the temptation to just sit outside a cafe in the sun: drinking espresso, eating pastries, and watching the boats come and go from the harbour.
Ideally, I’d spend the majority of my time doing just that. But a visit to the port town of La Rochelle will have you off exploring all the city has to offer. There is so much to do you can barely fit it all in.
My visit began with blue skies and a walk around the historic old port to the St Nicholas Tower.
Rebuilt in 1372 and symbolising the renewed alliance with the king of France, the towers which fortify the city remain unchanged and steeped in history.
The winding staircases and grand hallways lead the way to the turrets at the top where the 360 degree view is just stunning.