La Rochelle

I was lucky enough to have spent last week with The Portraits and Rosie Sleightholme in La Rochelle (hence the silence on the blog...).

Jeremy and Lorraine of The Portraits kindly put us up at their lovely home just outside the town centre. Between performances at three gigs, Rosie and I had a fabulous time eating delicious food, drinking fine wine and meeting lovely people. 

I particularly enjoyed hopping over to the nearby Île-d-Aix (I am a sucker for an inter-island boat ride) and cycling around the small picturesque island on the Friday. Another highlight was a visit to Meschers for a gig with The Portraits. I really loved getting to know their music – beautiful homegrown folk, which incorporates musical theatre and classical influences – and hearing firsthand anecdotes from the music industry.

Here is what it looked like through the Pentax...


The little airport at La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath  
The old carousel, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The harbour towers, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 


The harbour, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 

The old port, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

La Rochelle architecture | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
I must have had five Oranginas a day... ('et sa pulpe!) | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
A beautiful window of the Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'espérance, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Jeremy and Lorraine of The Portraits decorated their patio for an evening performance |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The Portraits play at their home in La Rochelle |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Walking to lunch |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

La Rochelle architecture |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The old port, La Rochelle |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The harbour towers, La Rochelle |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

We couldn't resist a couple of scoops from the famous Ernest Glacier most days. The salted caramel is divine.. |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Finding the right cappuccino can be tricky – best to look for a place with a resident Italian barista! |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Church Saint Sauveur, La Rochelle | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
La Rochelle architecture | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Rosie admires the architecture | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
A street artist tries his hand at a Renoir | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Rosie finds the fruit + veg market in Meschers | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Setting up for our gig with The Portraits | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The Portraits' discography | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Rosie Sleightholme sings to an attentive crowd in Meschers | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Rosie Sleightholme performs in Meschers, France | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The church at Meschers | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Fish 'al fresco' on the  Île d'aix |  Photo: Rosie Pentreath

We enjoyed cycling all around the Île d'aix on our final day | Photo: Rosie Pentreath



Watch this space for my interview with The Portraits.




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