Nord-Pas de Calais

What to see and do in Cassel Hauts-de-France

Written by on November 8, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see and do in Cassel Hauts-de-France

Approach the town of Cassel in the department of Nord, Hauts-de-France, from the flat countryside passing field after field. Cars wind their way helter-skelter-like, up and around the Mont of Cassel until suddenly, they reach the cobbled roads that lead into the small town with big views at the top of this famous hill of […]

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The Jardins du Mont des Récollets in Cassel, Hauts de France

Written by on November 8, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The Jardins du Mont des Récollets in Cassel, Hauts de France

Deep in the heart of the rural countryside of Nord, Hauts de France, lies an extraordinary garden. The Jardins du Mont des Récollets is an award winning garden with spectacular views in a most beautiful part of northern France… Owner and gardener extraordinaire Emmanuel de Quillacq took over what was his grandfather’s farm, in 1986. […]

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Lille northern France | Charm and culture by the bucket load

Written by on September 28, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille northern France | Charm and culture by the bucket load

Lille is known for its cultural allure – it was European City of Culture in 2004 and has never looked back. Old Lille’s architecture is stunning, a bit like a miniature Paris but with a dash of Flemish influence. Janine Marsh explores Lille’s delights… Lille at a Glance Vieux Lille, the old town, is vibrant, […]

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The Douglas Bader Trail, Saint Omer, Hauts de France

The Douglas Bader Trail, Saint Omer, Hauts de France

Saint Omer in Nord, Hauts de France is a quintessentially French market town. It has a long and illustrious history. Thomas a Becket AKA Saint Thomas Becket took refuge from Henry II of England in there in 1165. Centuries later, three of America’s Founding Fathers, Daniel, Charles and John Carroll, studied at the Jesuit Chapel. […]

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The Blockhaus Eperlecques, Nord, Hauts de France

The Blockhaus Eperlecques, Nord, Hauts de France

Several years ago, on my way south from Dunkirk in northern France, I stopped off at Eperlecques, a small town you access off the main autoroute. A sign for the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques was intriguing enough to lure me from my travel plans. What I discovered, in an area of beautiful countryside where the sound of […]

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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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Nausicaa France | The biggest Aquarium in Europe

Written by on June 30, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Nausicaa France | The biggest Aquarium in Europe

Nausicaa, the National Sea centre of France on the Opal Coast at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Hauts de France, opened a brand new state of the art extension in spring 2018. It has made it one of the largest aquariums in the world, certainly the biggest in Europe – and it is spectacular. A truly giant fish tank […]

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What to see and do in Lens, Hauts de France

Written by on May 31, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see and do in Lens, Hauts de France

Famous for its branch of the Louvre museum, football team and rich mining history, the city of Lens, in the department of Nord, with its art deco facades, in Hauts de France, is at the heart of a culturally dynamic region that boasts a strong network of museums. The people of Lens are known for their […]

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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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NAUSICAA Boulogne-sur-mer | One of the largest aquariums in the world

Written by on April 12, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
NAUSICAA Boulogne-sur-mer |  One of the largest aquariums in the world

  Following a huge project to expand the site of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), will from May 2018 be one of the largest aquariums in the world. A truly massive aquarium The new building is in the shape of a Manta Ray. It’s home to one of the largest aquariums […]

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