One of the highlights of our 2015 tour of Western France and Belgium was a boat ride to the coolest place. It is called Fort Boyard. From wikipedia: Fort Boyard (pronounced: [fɔʁ bɔjaʀ]) is a fort located between the Île-d’Aix and the Île d’Oléron in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France and is the filming location for the TV gameshow of the same name. Though a fort on Boyard bank was suggested as early as the 17th century, it was not until the 1800s under Napoleon Bonaparte that work began. Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857. In 1967, the final scene of the French film Les aventuriers was filmed at the remains of the fort.
Since I had been before on a boat tour to Île-d’Aix when I lived there in 1990-1991 and I’d seen Fort Boyard, I really wanted to take my family there. However, we were staying with friends about 40 minutes away from the boat departure and I didn’t want to book something and have to be there at a certain time potentially sweaty and stressed trying to make it. So… When we arrived at the beautiful port city of La Rochelle, we then saw all of the boat ticket kiosks and bought some tickets for a 2 hour tour for an hour later. I think boats are really cool, but I can get quite seasick so it is a good way to never actually buy a boat. However, I knew this boat ride wouldn’t be away from actual land too long and I tend to get seasick when land is not visible. It was cool to again see Fort Boyard and show my family this unique and fascinating place.