Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

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.

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