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Deauville and Trouville | The Riviera of northern France

Written by on May 7, 2019 in Normandy
Deauville and Trouville | The Riviera of northern France

There is a corner of Normandy, on the Cote Fleurie known as the Parisian Riviera which features the seaside towns of Deauville and Trouville. Next door to each other and similar centres of the ‘high life’, they have evolved their own cultures. Both are fun to visit and rather shiny but while Trouville has a […]

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Butte Bergeyre | A secret village in the heart of Paris

Written by on February 12, 2019 in Paris
Butte Bergeyre | A secret village in the heart of Paris

When you visit Paris and want to see it at its hidden best, it’s worth seeking out the charming inner city village of Butte Bergeyre in the 19th Arrondissement. Not many people know of it, not even Parisians. It is a hidden enclave in the city, where you’ll discover beautiful houses in streets perched high up […]

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Place du Tertre Montmartre Paris

Written by on December 27, 2018 in Paris
Place du Tertre Montmartre Paris

When you visit Paris, a detour to the Place du Tertre is a must. It began as a local village square and grew into the buzzing square that it is today, especially in the summer months. It lies just behind the magnificent Cathedral of Sacré Coeur, right on the top of the hill in the […]

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Gravelines between the sea and the country in Hauts de France

Written by on December 14, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Gravelines between the sea and the country in Hauts de France

Gravelines is a bright if sleepy little town which rests between the two great harbours Calais and Dunkirk. Once an important entry port to France in its own right, the origins of Gravelines go back many centuries. History of Gravelines It was the primary commercial entrance point for the City of Saint Omer which lies […]

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The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Written by on September 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Saint Omer cathedral in northern France has grace and beauty. It doesn’t have the conventional architectural detail of sculpture encrusted entrance doors. But, it does contain priceless art works so typical of the great cathedrals of France. Here those artworks hang in dark, dusty corners without pomp and formality. Saint Omer cathedral has it’s own […]

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France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

Written by on September 7, 2018 in Guest Blogs
France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

April 1, 2018 marked the first hundred years since the creation of the British Royal Air Force. The combining of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Army’s Royal Flying Corps into a new service took place at St. Omer aerodrome in Nord, pas de Calais as the Great War was approaching its close. The […]

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Take a cruise on the Audomarois marshes Saint Omer, Hauts de France

Written by on July 8, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Take a cruise on the Audomarois marshes Saint Omer, Hauts de France

As you drive south from Calais to the town of Saint-Omer, you’ll pass by the low lying flat fields on the way, you can’t help noticing that the local landscape resembles the wide-open district of the Fens in eastern England. UNESCO listed Marshes Head to Clairmarais, which rests on the edge of the Audomarais Marshes, […]

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What to see and do in Le Treport Normandy

Written by on June 11, 2018 in Normandy
What to see and do in Le Treport Normandy

The coastal town of Le Treport, on the edge of Normandy where it joins to Picardy, is seemingly unremarkable at first sight. It is a quite special though when you get to know it, alongside it sister towns of Eu Mers-les- Bains. They nestle along the Channel shore line, just beyond the Somme basin. Here’s […]

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Fabulous French seaside towns Opal Coast Pas-de-Calais

Written by on May 26, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Fabulous French seaside towns Opal Coast Pas-de-Calais

Nip across the English Channel to enjoy the authentic fishing villages and seaside towns of the Opal Coast in France’s most northerly region, Hauts de France. It’s a terrific place for the whole family. Start your adventure at Calais when you leave the boat. French pastries will set you all up for your seaside jaunt. […]

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The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Written by on April 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Have you ever seen a ghost in Paris? Many say they have… Paris has ghosts in abundance. We can search for them and find them, then shudder as we feel their closeness to us. The spirits of historical events litter the timeless landmarks of the great capital. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera, the parks and […]

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