La Rochelle? Meh!

We have two days to update and have been busy. This will go on a bit, probably best to get yourselves a cuppa before settling down.

To start with, our breakfast is served in very elegant surroundings. We take great care not to drop crumbs or drip coffee on pristine tablecloths or mats.

Yesterday was spent in St Jean D’Angely, almost 2 hours from our base in Luçon. Most of our journey was spent stuck behind tractors or big, agricultural lorries. The fields full of glorious sunflowers helped to overcome the frustration.

Our first house viewing was in the small village of Landes, just outside St Jean, where the Old Post Office is for sale. We loved the outside space, the house was ok but the village was too quiet and sleepy for us.

Nest stop was St Jean where we viewed three very different properties.

A recently restored townhouse, 5 minutes walk from the centre of town was dismissed through lack of parking.

The second townhouse had huge potential…….to be a bottomless money pit. Kim had to be restrained from making an offer based on the Kiwi, Apricot and Fig in the back garden. John wasn’t even tempted by the 70m2 garage.

Then the agent offered to show us an apartment she owns right in the historic centre of town. Hmm, this one had too many pitfalls to mention here but we’ll happily bore you with the story on our return.

On to today. We’re only 30 minutes from the coast at La Faute Sur Mer and, in 30 degrees, we decided to cycle from there to Tranche Sur Mer.

The Bromptons truly enjoyed their day out.

John is keen to cycle from La Rochelle across to Ile de Re before we leave (Kim hopes you’ve noted that John is keen) and we took the opportunity to find out where we needed to park.

We managed to find ourselves in the centre of La Rochelle, parked and had a wander. Now, you may remember that we did Venice in a couple of hours, La Rochelle was lucky to get an hour and most of that was spent in a coffee shop where we were given a gizmo to tell us when our food was ready. We were enthralled- it had been a long hot day and we were slightly delirious.

We ventured out. It was still hot and there was lots of pushing and shoving.

We’re sure it has a lot to offer, just not for us.

Our final stop was in the car park by the bridge to,the Ile de Re before heading back to peace and quiet in Luçon. Kim would like to point out that it looks steeper in real life!

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