Fouras and Brouage

Another lovely sunny day was evident as we ate breakfast prepared by our co-host Alain. He and wife Annie had encouraged us to feel at home at their AirBnB, Kareta Kareta. In fact we were so relaxed we were moving about as fast as Alain’s pet turtles!

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After a quiet morning we took a short drive to two places that Alain suggested were interesting and close. The first was Fouras, a fortress town on the coast just to the south. As we approached the town we made our way to the port. From there you could do boat trips out to two forts built on nearby islands when Napolean was in power. If it had been a little less choppy on the water we may have considered it. However we contented ourselves walking around the point, checking out the mussel and oyster shops/restaurants and taking a few photos.

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The actual town of Fouras was quite a calm little beach holiday haven with a large fortress on the next point.

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In the inlet the water was calm, the sunny weather making it tempting to a few lucky people able to holiday in September rather than August. The sand was beautifully clean also. There was even an enclosed swimming area.

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One thing that fascinated me in this area were the fishing towers with the massive nets hanging from them.

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Our next stop was a bit further south and slightly inland at the bastide (fortress) town of Brouage. The town was surrounded by a towered wall which you walk around entirely if you so wished.

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One section of the wall had artists galleries and workshops and souvenir stalls built up against it.

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It was quite a lovely town to walk around and quieter as the last of the tourist buses pulled out as we walked around. The church was pretty much in the middle of the town

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and the statue out the front revealed a fascinating story. Brouage was the birthplace of Samuel Champlain, the founder of Quebec.

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More information was on display inside the church down the left hand side.

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Originally Quebec had been named New France (Nouvelle-France) so one can only wonder how different Canada would be if the French had successfully held Canada in the early 1600s. Clearly Brouage is proud of Samuel Champlain being a native of theirs.

As we walked back along the main street we saw a bicycle museum

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but as time was against us we kept walking.

Past some of the ramparts we went and back to our car.

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