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Valin Square, the place to be for families!

Published on 11 August 2017 - Commentaires (0)
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After the Duperré Quay, which faces the famous towers of La Rochelle, and was converted into a pedestrian area in 2015, it’s time for Valin Square at the Old Port to be rejuvenated. After several months of work and an inauguration at the beginning of July 2017, it rapidly became … the place to be for families!


On this open area, natives and tourists alike enjoy relaxing moments outdoors in the shade, seeking entertainment for the children or just wanting to enjoy a pleasant setting and a fabulous view of the famous Old Port of La Rochelle.


First, the natural setting… Pretty flowers and green lawns are nicely arranged, not to mention the lovely trees that provide cool shade on hot summer days. A few benches have been placed for you to take a pause, enjoy an ice cream or contemplate the view… what a treat!


In the middle, there’s a playground to delight the children: boardwalks, toboggans, spider webs, tunnels, a new type of swings… here they’re climbing, crawling, running and pulling but mostly laughing! 


And the star of the show is the historic merry-go-round “The Ocean Carousel”. Made of wood with decorative mouldings, brightly coloured lights, paint and gilding, it attracts young and old! Children have a hard time choosing their “mounts”: mermaids, boats, dolphins, seahorses, fish, hot-air balloons, submarines… the choice is endless! But never mind, they can go for another ride!


A kiosk for light refreshments is also open and a few tables have been set out for those with gourmet tastes: granitas, Italian ice cream, wafers, fritters, churros, drinks… and some savoury snacks to eat on the go!


Completely renovated, the surroundings of Valin Square are also pleasant places to stroll, along the docks, between the historic old town and the harbour, where curious families gather to watch the special events.


Would you enjoy it?



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Crédit photos : Julien Chauvet


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