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France has beautiful beaches on its Atlantic coast, and we spent a lovely day in La Rochelle and the surrounding area.
La Rochelle
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On the seafront
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The cute thing is, look in his sandal!
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A boy being drawn by a street artist. Charity wrist bands were on Nick's bingo card.
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Nick shops in the background.
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We had buckwheat galettes for lunch, with bacon, honey, and walnuts.
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This man sat beside us. I wondered how old he was because of the wrinkles around his eyes, but he later told us that he was 26 and had studied English in Exeter.
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Just before leaving the restaurant, I walked in on a young chef who was changing our of his trousers. I tried to get a photo of him later on the street, but these two got in the way.
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A man walking his dog in La Rochelle
After we left La Rochelle, we paid a lot of money to go across a bridge onto the peninsula that juts out into the ocean. We raced against time to reach the end to watch the sunset over the Phare des Baleines.
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We took a lot of portrait photos on the beach as the sun was setting.
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Lots of kites in the background
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I collected sand to use in a shadow box frame for our miniature lead bathers we bought last year in Paris.
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This is how I've displayed them back home.
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These are the bathers.
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The miniature sand castle is quite fragile!
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This man seemed to struggle with his wetsuit...
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...and isn't the light lovely?
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Tired of the same old "picture face" I tried something different.
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The best bit of our day didn't get photographed. Tired and hungry after a long drive, we stopped in a small town and bought a pizza which we ate on the beach by moonlight. It was such an unexpected, spectacular surprise, and one which I will always remember.
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