Floating under gentle willows in the warm autumn sunshine, punting in Venice Verte is the perfect way to unwind and reset.
We like France – it’s easy to get to from where we live in Devon and if we stay in Brittany, we don’t have to pay for accommodation. However, on our last trip we road-tripped south to explore France a little bit more. We stayed in a swaying treehouse, camped on beaches and ate wonderful veggie food in the middle of nowhere – from this gorgeous converted farm we took a day trip to Coulon and Green Venice.
As we arrived in October, Coulon was a ghost town. It didn’t matter that the sun was shining so hot that autumn layers were not needed – there was nobody taking to Coulon’s green canals apart from us.
Venice Verte is a beautiful, shaded network of canals which criss-cross the region near Coulon. The town itself, which is about an hour east from La Rochelle, is a charming town with gorgeous architecture, cobbled streets and wonderful cafes which spill out onto the shores of the canal.
To hire a boat and punt around the area, just ask at one of the kiosks located on the banks of the river in town. You can hire a boat for 1 hour, 90 minutes, 2 hours or the whole day if you want to take your time or stop to picnic!
Whether you’re visiting with your family or taking some time out with a partner, hanging out in the quiet waterways of Green Venice is a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon!