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The old maritime city of La Rochelle, France, is affectionately known as The White City due to its pale, limestone buildings that give the impression of a Mediterranean destination rather than France. But delve a little deeper into the winding streets and this city offers all the charms you'd expect from a traditional French city and more. Stroll along the Vieux Port, see the medieval Three Towers reflected in the gleaming water as modern sailboats bob along. Turn onto a cobbled street, wander the scenic lanes and admire the dense buildings, some grandiose, some charmingly decayed, giving a sense of the city's admirable endurance. Stop at an outdoor café and people-watch while eating a crÃªpe and sipping a coffee. Refresh yourself at the hostel before heading out for the night. The city looks breathtaking when lit up with fiery shades of orange and yellow reflected on the ancient architecture.