Tag Archives: Charente-Maritime

Parting glances

This is a grab-bag of thoughts, but mostly images, as I get ready to head home after 7 weeks in France. These involve my time in the provinces – before Paris. Vocabulary: my definition of a good waiter is one … Continue reading

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La Rochelle

A month on the road, la belle et bonne route, ended the other day when I drove into La Rochelle, turned in the rental car, and checked into my hotel in the quartier St Nicolas. One of the old neighborhoods, … Continue reading

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To the Sea

From the convent in Corme-Écluse, I drove to the coast – only 15 minutes away – then north towards La Rochelle. The first town I visited was Talmont-sur-Gironde. It’s close to but not on the Atlantic; rather, it’s on the … Continue reading

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Sisters

I took a break from usual tourist activities, hotels and restaurants, to stay for five nights in a convent of the order of Dominican nuns. I am not sure “convent” is the appropriate term, but it is convenient, so I … Continue reading

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Roaming Romanesque

What I have been calling the Charente area, which includes the cognac countryside where I stayed for five nights (in the village of Bassac) and, further west, the small city of Saintes (in the Saintonge area), is rich in Romanesque … Continue reading

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