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Just a few pictures from my trip over to Royan earlier this month.

Traditional nets and cranes are still used by fisherman in these parts. These are fairly new but many are sadly no longer used.

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Traditional fishermen cabins Royan, France

This small beach just north of the town centre has the distinction (I found out later) of being the third public beach in France to be declared a non-smoking zone. It’s the Plage du Pigonnier, so if you like sit on sand rather than in a giant ashtray, this could be the place to go!

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Plage du Pigonnier, Royan, France

Further west are long stretches of sand in the towns of Vaux-sur-Mer and La Palmyre. Bike trails run all the way along the coast, sometimes beside roads, often on well maintained bike trails through the woods. They were very, very, busy the day I rode. I managed 22km before my knee started protesting. But I still had to ride back 22km to the ferry!

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Beach near Royan, France

As the ferry leaves Royan, there are some good views of parts of the town and the busy water. Most of the town, as I have previously written, was destroyed in a botched Allied bombing raid in World War Two, but to the east and west of the centre there remain many of the large houes with the distinctive tiled towers, built a century ago by the rich.

Royan, France, seen from the ferry.

This is a better picture, piched from a lettings website.

Typical villa in Royan, France

Gironde estuary at Royan, France.

The estuary was very busy with all kinds of boats, yachts, water skiers, jetboats and this great big ferry kind of pushing its way slowly through!

Busy water, Gironde, Royan, France.

Royan, France

Tagged: , , on August 21, 2017 by cubsur51

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Royan and St Georges de Didonne

Went to Royan and St Georges de Didonne on Saturday, mainly to watch Bordeaux FC play a pre-season football match. There was time to take a fairly good look around. Royan is a modern town of concrete and glass. It had to be completely rebuilt after it was flattened by mistake in 1945. The US Air Force missed their target of the docks and bombed the town instead. One feature of the town is the church that, from certain angles, looks exactly like one of those 1940’s Flash Gordon spaceships. Here’s a sample

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Royan Church from a distance

From close up it looks more like a grain elevator to me!

Album of pictures from the two towns is at

http://sdrv.ms/M5kLXs

Royan and St Georges de Didonne

Tagged: , , on July 23, 2012 by cubsur51

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