We took the TGV, the fast french train, to la Rochelle from Paris.
First thing was getting out baggage off our shoulders. When that happened we first had a wonderful meal at the old harbor of La Rochelle. I can only recommend this place, the food is just incredible and the prices are raisonable. The place is called La Grand Rive and is located at 24/26 quai duperre in 17000 La Rochelle.
I had the salade du chèvre chaud, a wonderful big salad with hot goat cheese, ham, tomatoes and green pesto. Just amazing!
We sat a long time in the restaurant talking and laughing with a beautiful view. It was really refreshing.
Then we went for a walk through this historic, beautiful city/town. Here are some impressions.
We visited two churches. The catholic and the protestant;-) Always gotta look at both perspectives! The protestant church was very simple without any embellishments. I didn´t take any photos of the inside, unfortunately. But here are some of the pompous building of the catholic church.
Here a few historic facts on La Rochelle:
- If you can say it this way, La Rochelle was always the smart one profiting from everything. It was once part of Aquitaine, which sometimes belonged to England and sometimes to France. No matter to which country, whether they were at war or not, La Rochelle always was the one benefiting.
- After Columbus discovered America and the trade started, La Rochelle became rich from trading slaves against cotton, sugar and tobacco in the Caribs and then selling those goods to the Europeans for a lot of money.
- La Rochelle was also a big part of the protestant movement. It becoming a big source of uproar in the 16th century in France, troubling the King. They made a peace contract that stated the catholic religion as the official one, but allowing protestants to continue living in four different cities, La Rochelle being one of them.
- In 1627 Richelieu starved the city, by closing the harbor. He did this by building a wall and sinking ships to prevent any food or whatsoever to reach the city. From 25000 inhabitants 20000 staved. From then on the now old harbor is not used anymore as an international trade harbor. New harbors were built instead afterwards.
Last but not least, after the little history lesson, I´d like to show you my dessert of the day. Just to finish this post off with a sweet photo;-)
Have you ever been to La Rochelle? I´d love to know!