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Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Honfleur is a French fishing village in the department of Calvados, Normandy. It sits on the southern bank of the Seine estuary where the great river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. If you love authentic old French towns, then you will find Honfleur one of the most beautiful there is. What to see in Honfleur […]

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What to see in Dieppe, Normandy

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Normandy
What to see in Dieppe, Normandy

Dieppe is a fishing and channel port along the Alabaster Coast of Normandy. The town sits astride the river Arques and is a popular seaside and tourist resort. Things to do in Dieppe Dieppe is famous for its scallops and has a popular pebble beach. In the centre there is some fine architecture, especially the […]

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Vintage Cars and Campers, Bicycles and Bader in Saint Omer, northern France

Written by on July 1, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Vintage Cars and Campers, Bicycles and Bader in Saint Omer, northern France

If you’re looking for a fun way to visit northern France, Les Belles Echappees in Saint Omer fits the bill. Located within the peaceful Ferme de L’Abbaye at Clairmarais, this family run organisation hires out restored classic vintage vehicles. Choose from sparkling VW camper vans to prestigious Citroen 2CV cars and VW convertible Beetles. There’s […]

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What to see and do in Etretat Normandy

Written by on June 9, 2019 in Normandy
What to see and do in Etretat Normandy

The French coastal resort of Etretat on the Normandy shoreline is a magnificent place. It’s a place of surprises as well as good looks… The white limestone cliffs offer a breath-taking view from either the surface beach line or the pathways extending up to the cliff tops. They rise to 90 meters or so above […]

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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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