The first thing to know about La Rochelle, and probably the first thing the locals will mention with pride, is their enormus harbour full of boats and luxury yachts of all sizes. They claim it is the biggest in Europe an there is no disputing that sailing and its maritime history has shaped the city. The equally impressive Port Vieux or ‘old harbour’ is right in the heart of the city and the starting point of the city’s ‘Passeur électro-solaire’ - a solar powered water bus that brings you from the school directly into the centre of the city. The best thing about this water bus is that you can use the city transport card just like a normal bus.
Loches, the beautiful gem of the Loire Valley in Central France, is a town as rich in ancient history as it is steeped in scenic beauty. The town is located 29km from the vibrant cosmopolitan centre of Tours. The main attractions include the impressive 12th century Keep which looms over the town and the massive 52 metre tall Tour St Antoine. Here in Loches, the winding medieval streets and Renaissance meet busy cafés, Restaurants and shops. For the adventurous, there are plenty of activities, such as walks into the breathtaking countryside, cycling excursions, horse riding and watersports.