Friday, 11 October 2013

2013 Baltic Cruise 2013

2013 Baltic Cruise

Day 15 -  21st May 2013
Arrived to a very wet Hamburg – it rained all day – so I was going nowhere – lingered around  my hotel most of the day early flight to Paris the following morning.

Days 16 to 22 – 22nd to 28th May 2013

Short flight from Hamburg to Paris and the 2 hour trip on the TGV and spent a wonderful week exploring the countryside.

Thanks to Chris & Di for a great week.

Did a day trip to Rochefort and to Ile de Re


Went on a tour of the Frigate Hermoine and La Corderie Royale.

The remarkable Royal Rope works, built in 1666, and long enough to accommodate lengths of rope needed to rig tall ships, now host maritime themed exhibitions, displays of rope making skills. In the nearby dockyard a dedicated team is replicating the Hermoine, the frigate which sailed to America in 1780 to help fight in the American War of Independence.

Ile de Re
The Ile de Re is an island close to La Rochelle – beautiful white washed villages – a profusion of hollyhocks and near endless beaches.

We had lunch in Saint Martin – de – Re – which is the main town on the island for the past 400 years.

Loads of restaurants, boutiques, cafes, with numerous yachts and boats in the harbour.

Next  my day in Paris