Sun 17 Feb 2013
Maurice and I got out the other day with gorgeous weather-blue skies, no wind or clouds, just perfect. We went to Ile d’OLeron, the second largest island in France, Corsica being the largest. At night we can see the lights of this island across the water but it’s about an hour drive to get there from our apartment as you have to head south for a bit to get to the bridge that takes you to the southern part. I didn’t enjoy the island as much as I did Ile de Re to the north of us but it was still a great day.
The building out in the water is Fort Boyard. It was built to protect entrance into the Charente River, was once a prison and was abandoned until it was used for a wildly popular show called Fort Boyard where French celebrities are put into teams to do activities sort of like what you would see on Survivors. You can get a boat that will take you around the Fort but it isn’t open for visits although I was told that they are planning visits in the future.