Lazy Sunday Afternoon

4th August, 2014 | Article By Richard Edds

A brief note following our recent visit to the Charente Maritime region, starting at La Rochelle and finishing in Cognac.  One highlight of the trip was our visit to “The Green Venice” which is a unique area of canals and islands dating back to the 7th Century, situated close to the town of Niort.

In a traditional boat, we were punted by our bi-lingual guide Florian for 1½ hours.  Literally hundreds of small canals criss-cross thousands of acres of woodland and fields, originally built to drain the land and later to transport animals, timber and all agricultural needs.  A really peaceful and fascinating time full of surprises such as deer, otters, wild birds of all sizes and a very good explanation of the history and evolution of the region from Florian.

The trip was followed by a visit to the shop to taste different local bottles… And then a good lunch in their restaurant overlooking the river.  We really recommend this outing for all ages, with different options for couples, families and groups.  Ideal in May, June and September when the canals are less busy, but fun for a family in the summer holidays too.  You will find all the details on their website:

We stayed for a week at Domaine Les Granges, close to the town of St Jean D’Angely.  Ideally situated for trips to the coast, the vineyards of Cognac and within walking distance of the town for local amenities, restaurants and the market.

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