St Martin l’Ars, France

My family and I have spent a very pleasant couple of weeks staying at a friend’s house in a small French village, St Martin l’Ars, in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. We were able to enjoy visiting numerous villages, churches, markets and restaurants in the area, appreciate the park and lake in the village, plus cycle along the local disused railway line.

We had a superb day in La Rochelle, where we bathed at Aytré Plage, visited the Aquarium and dined overlooking the picturesque harbour. We also stayed in Poitiers and Orleans for a couple of nights, before rounding off the trip with two marvellous nights in Paris, where we enjoyed visits to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Champs-Élysées.