Blue mood

An area where low tides reveal long-legged fisherman’s houses.
While the clear blue sky and the clear blue Atlantic Ocean
– steals attention from so much else.

Walk inspired by “Restlessjo” and her captivating “Monday walk” themes.

Fort Louvois, (locally be called Fort du Chapus) seen from the seaside
– is a fortification built between more than 300 years ago.
Positioned so that a crossfire from there and two other forts
– would impede unfriendly access to the city of Rochefort on the mainland.
Built on the Chapus islet, and is about 400 metres offshore at high tide
– at low tide the fort is accessible via a causeway.
At summer a boat at high tide takes visitors to the fort.
The bridge behind have nothing to do with the fort,
only the connection between Île d’Oléron and the mainland.

 

Fort Louvois only be part of war one time – towards the end of WW2
when bombardment greatly damaged the fort, necessitating later restoration.

Since 1972 the fort has been the site of a museum of oyster farming
– there are oyster beds next to the causeway that joins the fort to the shore.
The fort also houses a permanent exhibition that describes the history of the fort.

View from a upstair fort window..