Nord-Pas de Calais

A short break in Calais and the nord de France

Written by on December 28, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
A short break in Calais and the nord de France

Being the closest part of France to England, Calais has for many years been the favourite entry port for those of us crossing the channel whether it be for a day’s shopping, a weekend break or an even longer stay in that rather off the beaten track part of the country. It’s a place where […]

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The mystical marshes of St Omer northern France

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The mystical marshes of St Omer northern France

Think of La Belle France topographically and images of the majestic mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées spring immediately to mind. But the country also boasts intriguing flatlands that, in their own unique way, are just as worthwhile exploring. There’s the mystical Camargue, with its herds of half-wild horses. The historic salt pans of La […]

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A Feast of Festive Fun for Christmas in Calais 2016

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Christmas Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
A Feast of Festive Fun for Christmas in Calais 2016

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the kids having fun at a fabulous parade, grown-ups appreciating a glass of French wine or Champagne and everyone enjoying a friendly Christmas Market – which is why Calais really looks forward to welcome you this year. The town’s gone all out festive with a massive programme of events to tempt […]

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Hardelot French Seaside town where Shakespeare is remembered

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Hardelot French Seaside town where Shakespeare is remembered

Hardelot Plage is a seaside resort on the northern French coast between Boulogne and Le Touquet. It is within very easy reach of Calais and looks across the English Channel to England. Families with children will love this refreshingly authentic seaside town and Hardelot is one of the official 38 ‘Kids’ resorts in France. They […]

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The Palais des Beaux Arts Lille

Written by on September 26, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Palais des Beaux Arts Lille

I’ve been to Lille several times and somehow never managed to get to the Palais des Beaux Arts. So one sunny morning I set off to spend some time there. Well it was sunny when I left but by the time I got there it was raining, and not just a drizzle, it was bucketing down. […]

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Three Stunning Towns To Visit In France In Autumn

Written by on September 12, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas de Calais
Three Stunning Towns To Visit In France In Autumn

Autumn in France, is one of the best times for a visit, whether it is to the south, the north, east or west.  The temperature is usually mild everywhere, the sun still shines, nights are cooler and crowds are thinner. After the long, lazy, languorous days of summer, there is an air of anticipation, of […]

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Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Written by on September 4, 2016 in French Icons, Nord-Pas de Calais
Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Just outside Lille, the lovely capital city of northern France, lies Villa Cavrois, an extraordinary mansion that has been restored meticulously by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. This place is a like a time capsule of an era when money bought true style, and for fans of art deco this place is an absolute gem. […]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Glass of bubbly in hand, I find myself relaxing by the waterside, soaking up the sun next to the hubby, while our two children play happily together in a field full of daisies. I know what you’re thinking – I must be recounting a dream. Well, you’d be wrong. This was a real, idyllic and picturesque […]

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10 Reasons To Visit Arras, Hauts De France

Written by on August 1, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
10 Reasons To Visit Arras, Hauts De France

The beautiful city of Arras is a fabulous, atmospheric, and architecturally striking place to visit. It was decimated during WW1 and rebuilt but it’s hard to tell what is original and what is not. There’s plenty to do and see in this 2000 year old city and here are ten must-sees: 1. Climb a Belfry Enjoy […]

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Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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