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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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Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

France, especially in the north, has long had aeroplanes and aviation entrenched in its genes. There have been many great French air pioneers both male and female. Louis Bleriot was born in Cambrai and he was perhaps one of the greatest exponents. Louis Bleriot, Aviator Bleriot, from his earliest adult days, had an instinct for […]

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What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Written by on February 11, 2018 in Picardy
What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Amiens is a great place to spend a weekend. It’s an introduction to French life in a northern French town that has a long history and much to offer visitors. We take a look at some of the top attractions in the city. Maison Jules Vernes Amiens was once home to the great French writer […]

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What to see and do in Abbeville, northern France

Written by on January 31, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see and do in Abbeville, northern France

If you head off roughly westbound towards Normandy from the Calais ferry port, you will almost certainly bump into a town called Abbeville. It’s a good place to stop for a break and reflect on the past. Abbeville’s historic architecture You might see the Belfry poking its nose above the horizon, it is amongst the […]

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The historic shopping passages of Paris

Written by on January 17, 2018 in Paris
The historic shopping passages of Paris

There are around a dozen still trading ancient shopping passages of Paris. Created in the 18th and 19th centuries, they are reminiscent of earlier days of a glamorous Parisian culture, they are a joy to experience. Some of them are sheltered by a glass ceiling, some lie hidden in side streets and some exude a […]

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