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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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Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Picardy
Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Compiegne in Picardy, Hauts de France to the north of Paris is a vigorous, busy town. Its periods of victory and defeat though, still lie beneath the skin. It is a beautiful city surrounded by peaceful countryside, an attractive place to stop at, visit and reflect on the past with many places to hold the visitors […]

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On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Written by on September 12, 2016 in French Icons
On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Joan of Arc was a simple, illiterate girl who lived in the depths of the French countryside during the medieval period. She was born apparently on January 6th, 1412 and died on May 30th, 1431. She was just 19 years old but had achieved dramatic greatness for her country during her short life. She never […]

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The History of Aviation in northern France

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The History of Aviation in northern France

The tiny part of the world consisting of the departments of Nord, Pas de Calais and a slice of northern Picardy has been a homeland of powered, manned flight since the start of its history. You would never tell as you pass through it though… The Caudron Brothers of Picardy In 1908 the American Wright […]

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The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

Written by on July 27, 2016 in French Icons, Paris
The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris: The Arch of Triumph, it’s English translation, was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a symbol of Paris, its presence so strong that even Hitler walked round it not through it, and Jackie Kennedy was so inspired by her visit, she recreated an Eternal Flame to commemorate […]

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General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Charles de Gaulle is probably the most well-known French personality of the 20th century. Born in Lille, northern France (November 22, 1890), he died of natural causes at his home in the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the Haute-Marne. He and his wife Yvonne had three children. The background to his life is complex and dramatic. […]

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Cergy-Pontoise between Paris and the Park

Written by on May 17, 2016 in Île de France
Cergy-Pontoise between Paris and the Park

Cergy and Pontoise are towns in France that blend to provide a cultural hint of Paris – just down the road. They are situated about 30 kilometres to the north-west of the capital and both towns retain a distinct, individual identity. They lie below the southern edge of the Vexin French Regional National Park. This […]

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Axe Majeur An Architectural Masterpiece Near Paris

Written by on May 5, 2016 in Île de France
Axe Majeur An Architectural Masterpiece Near Paris

The Axe Majeur is a monumental, immensely grand, work of art. At 3.2km long it is extraordinary despite not being complete according to the original plans. And somehow, despite it’s size, the Axe Majeur on the edge of Paris is hardly known outside of France… Cergy village on the outskirts of Paris is quiet, peaceful […]

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Opal Coast One Of The Best Driving Routes In France

Written by on April 4, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Opal Coast One Of The Best Driving Routes In France

When you next arrive in France with your car in Calais, start off with a good morsel of real Gallic culture before heading off by taking the D940 Coast road to Boulogne, one of the best driving routes in France… You’ll leave the port area and find your route quickly dissolves into rural countryside and […]

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The Historic Town Of Sedan Ardennes France

Written by on February 16, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne
The Historic Town Of Sedan Ardennes France

Sedan is an unpretentious yet energetic little town in north east France. It rests about 10 kilometres from the Belgian border on the edge of the French Ardennes. As you pass through Sedan, it may take your attention for its pretty streets and its fort – the largest in Europe but by and large it […]

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