Sunday, 13 November 2011

La Rochelle, le fin

The 15th century  Hôtel de Ville (town hall) is undergoing extensive renovations - we didn't go in, just admired the amazing details from outside. You can see the marine heritage showing through, and the fleur de lys emblem of the French kings.

This plaque was on the perimeter wall. It's a memorial to Léonce Vieljeux, the mayor from 1930 to 1940. Originally an army officer he remained in the reserves when he started working in his father-in-law's shipping company. He actively resisted the Nazi occupation, refusing to hang the swastika from the hôtel de Ville when he was asked to, and helping Resistance members to escape. He was expelled from the town in 1941; when he returned in 1944 he was arrested and then executed, aged 79.

Double-decker carousel in the square where the bus  station is. I was hoping to capture the sound on the video, but it doesn't come through, sadly.

1 comment :

  1. I would have marveled over that beautiful stonework also. How cool - a double decker carousel. I have never seen one and love the video all blown up - such great detail.