Before Leaving

I am back in cold, gray Paris and I miss the sunlight and our view. The day before we left, I spent a few hours in the beautiful city of La Rochelle.

One of two towers on the entrance to the harbor there.

I love this freshly cleaned building and that shell over the door.


“A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. The dessert, which is in the shape of small, striated cylinder approximately two inches in height, is a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France but can often be found in Parisian pâtisseries as well. Made from egg, sugar, milk and flour flavored with rum and vanilla, the custard batter is baked in a mold, giving the canelé a caramelized crust and custard-like inside.”

I had one of these. They are very good. I liked these sitting in the window of a patisserie.

I went into a church there and found a chapel devoted to ships. As with many cities by the sea, there were ship wrecks. This chapel had paintings, along with this stained glass window, of ships that had been saved by praying to Mary.

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