Photographer's Note

After my stay at the isle of Ameland. (see my last picture.) We travel to France where we stay at the city of La Rochelle.

For a thousand years La Rochelle "The Rebel" has manifested its unique identity in many ways. Democratic before democracy was in fashion (it elected its first mayor in 1199); protestant while the rest of France was catholic ; protected by kings while the country was suffering from overtaxing.

With the revolution which put the town in a sleepy state only to wake up in 1890 with the creation of the deep water port of La Pallice. Its strategic nautical qualities gave the Germans the idea of establishing a submarine base during the second world war.

Ever since 1990 and today still, La Rochelle's population is growing and move from 73 700 to 80 000 inhabitants.

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