La Rochelle, France
This resort town has beautifully preserved its historic charm. Lying on an inlet of the Bay of Biscay, its sandy beaches, lush landscape and sunny climate attracts millions of visitors a year, making La Rochelle one of the most visited cities in France.
The core of the brandy trade is in Cognac, located approximately 50 miles from La Rochelle. Captain Richard Hennessy founded his namesake company in 1765. Martell and Remy-Martin are also located here.
The two 14th century towers Tour de la Chaîne and the Tour Saint Nicolas flank the harbor and once helped protect and guard the city from invaders. Now it welcomes millions of visitors to its harbor.
Île de Ré
Opposite the village of La Rochelle and connected by a two-mile bridge is the island of Ré, which is a haven for bird watchers, sunbathers and laid-back islanders.
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