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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 6 of 12: Week 5 Charente-Maritime, 21 - 28 April

Our next stop was in the Charente-Maritime where we had a very comfortable place in a hamlet near Aulnay. Aulnay has a good small market on Sunday. This is a very pretty area - lots of golden canola and wheat fields interspersed with patches of grape vines. Unfortunately, we had the worst weather ever on our trips to France - cold and wet all week.

Still we managed to get about and visit lots of places. Saintes is an elegant town on the river with a lovely cathedral, an arc de triomphe, roman ruins. We managed a reasonably fine morning for our visit to Cognac which we liked. We are not really brandy drinkers, but did enjoy our bottle of Pineau de Charentes. We have not had much experience with coastal France, so we really enjoyed our trip to La Rochelle.

Aulnay has a magnificent church which is a stop on the pilgrim route. We did pass a couple walking in the rain. We also saw our first Lanterne des Morts in a lovely setting at Fenioux, as well as several pretty villages on the river. Despite the weather (what can you do?) we made the best of it and still enjoyed our week.

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