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Aquarium La Rochelle

In May, I went on a cruise on board the P&O Oriana. One of the ports we visited was the beautiful
French city of La Rochelle, located on the Southwestern coast of France.  Due to it's size we docked in a near by port, so there was a 30 minute bus ride into La Rochelle. The shuttle dropped us off in the Old Harbour, La Rochelle's main feature, which is located at the heart of the city.

As we approached the drop off point I noticed the two Harbour Towers which framed a beautiful view out into the Bay of Biscay. On closer inspection I saw some kids being towed out in their Oppies for a morning sail, this reminded me of my teaching days when I was younger.

I spent my morning wandering around the town, taking in in the culture and even managed to find the local market which lined the streets of the town, full of local fresh produce, fruit and veg. I loved this, watching the locals with their wicker baskets, and the idea of being able to go shopping for fresh food each day.

That morning I was recommended that I should go and check out the Aquarium, which is located near the marina. So before heading back to the ship I venture over to see what made it worth the recommendation.

As you enter the aquarium you walk into a room with screens, the room then all of a sudden starts to shake - I think I was more scared than the two little kids in there! I soon realised that it was actually simulating us going below the ocean to where all the wonderful fish live. The doors then opened to reveal the aquarium and a small walk way through a tunnel surrounded by water.

There are two levels to this aquarium, they are cleverly split into different areas based on oceans, fishes and locations and also there is Tropical Forest! I started to wander around and became a bit snap happy, taking lots of pictures of all the different fish. My favourite section and the biggest surprise for me was the Turtle area, I have always wanted to see a Turtle because I grown a great fondness for them. I am unsure if the fondness has stemmed from watching Finding Nemo too much or not, but what ever it is I just have this fascination for them.

The areas they have with the aquarium are:
Atlantic area
Mediterranean area
The Ocean area
Jelly fish area
Caribbean area
Lagoon area
Pacific area
Sharks area
Turtles area
The Ledge area

If you ever find yourself visiting La Rochelle then I would highly recommend going and having a wander around the aquarium. Below are some of the pictures I took while there, if you would like to see more then head over to my Facebook page for the full album.


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