For our second week we moved further south and stayed in Pays de la Loire. On our drive there our companions said we must visit the Bioparc de Doue-le-Fontaine. This is hands down the best zoo I have ever visited. The habitats are big for a start so you don't feel that it is cruel to the animals they house and secondly the whole park is literally carved out of rock, so it becomes a real journey going through the park to each area. Also they prioritise endangered animals and favouring a diversity of species makes it a real special day out, I cannot recommend this enough.
We had a small walk one afternoon when it was hot to Mont des Alouettes to visit the windmills and take a stroll around. It is also the finishing spot of the first stage of the tour de France. The views of the nearby countryside are great on a clear day.
After a few day lazing around the pool and doing local walks we then took a day trip out to La Rochelle, a port city in France that opens up to the Atlantic. After walking around the old port and the town we headed to the beach for a relax and play for the afternoon. At teatime I was on the hunt for some seafood and spotted these amazing fish platters and wanted to splash out on the last trip of our holiday. I was not disappointed. Chez Andre presented the most delicious fish platter I have ever eaten, washed down with a cold crisp glass of white wine, we were most definitely in our happy place. The children's fish and chips were also well received from our 2 and 6 year old.
If you would like to sample the fish platter you can book here: https://www.barandre.com/