- Meeting a great team of bloggers and photographers – @budgettraveller, @IsabellesTravel, @malloryontravel, @TravelDudes – and wandering around with them, taking photographs and enjoying the city. Very supportive, very hard-working, totally engaged – it’s a privilege to be here with them and to see La Rochelle through their eyes.
- Interactiving with the people of La Rochelle – all struggle good-naturedly with my “Franglais” but we understand each other! Especially appreciate the residents stopping to see our photographic efforts and taking such an interest that they suggest other angles and views for diverse shots.
- Watching life in La Rochelle pass me by, whilst buying strawberries and eating them on the street or grabbing a baguette to munch on wandering around the harbour. There are so many cute doglets here, my Hound would be in canine heaven – from the tiniest coiffed poodle to the most enormous dogs I have ever seen, all taking their daily constitutional with their proud owners along by the harbour. There is something immensely appealing about the French lifestyle.
- Waiting at the tourism offices to meet the director because he was “on the shop floor” so to speak, inter-acting with the general public with their queries on the main desk. Great to see, a very rare occurence in my experience and speaks volumes about the man and his pride in his city.
- Lastly, love the yellow Velo bikes – if you register with the tourism offices, you can ride around on them free for two hours and from then on, pay only one euro per hour extra. They were the first city – before Paris – before London – to introduce bikes to aid congestion and air quality back in the ’70’s and they are justly proud of that fact.
Vive La Rochelle!
Contributor: Sue Lowry