Nord-Pas de Calais

Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Written by on July 27, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Vieux Lille, the old town of Lille, is a place of fanciful Flemish facades. Where bars, bistros, boutiques and shops line the cobbled streets which wind their way labyrinth-like around the central Place du Général de Gaulle, known as the grand’Place. Outdoor cafés abound in the ancient city centre, art of all kinds adorns the […]

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Road Trip northern France

Written by on July 8, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Road Trip northern France

The far north of France, known as Hauts de France comprising the departments Picardy, Pas-de-Calais and Nord is the perfect road trip destination. A land of castles, seaside resorts, forests and lakes. There are ancient towns and cities, gorgeous countryside and picturesque villages and even Champagne vineyards! If you’re after a road trip that takes […]

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Lens in Northern France | a city reinvented

Written by on June 17, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Lens in Northern France | a city reinvented

Lens in the Nord department, a few kilometres south east of Bethune and just to the north of Arras was for three centuries a major production area for the coal mining industry. When production ceased in the late 20th century, Lens for a while, had an air of dejection. Today, that’s certainly completely changed, however, […]

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La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on May 22, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

In the stunning countryside of the Seven Valleys, at the foot of the medieval hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas de Calais, northern France, lies a rather large secret. A long, tree lined drive surrounded by fields and forests, makes for an impressive entrance to a grand arched doorway. Step through and you’ll enter a […]

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Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Written by on May 20, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Right in the centre of the old town of Lille in northern France, the Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse is a gem of a museum. From its entrance in cobbled rue de la Monnaie, you have no idea what lies behind those grand wooden doors. Set into a long wall peppered with arched windows and doorways, […]

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Some of the best places to visit near Calais on a day trip

Written by on March 23, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Some of the best places to visit near Calais on a day trip

On a day trip from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk, you can easily discover the authentic and beautiful countryside, stunning villages and glorious beaches of the Opal Coast. We think one day definitely isn’t enough to enjoy all the charms of the far north of France but here are a few of our favourite things… […]

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Take a foodie break in Pas de Calais

Written by on March 17, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Take a foodie break in Pas de Calais

Nip across the English Channel to discover a wealth of fabulous restaurants and gorgeous hotels for a relaxing and delicious break – and all less than one hour from Calais. Star attractions…  2 Michelin Star restaurant Chef Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouillère in Montreuil-sur-Mer, south of Calais, is famous all over France. An innovative menu, […]

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Guide to Boulogne-sur-Mer northern France

Written by on December 4, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Guide to Boulogne-sur-Mer northern France

Boulogne-sur-Mer is where you’ll find a beautifully preserved old town and the Basilica Notre Dame which has the longest crypt in France (dating back to Roman times). Cobble stone streets, ancient buildings, a chateau museum, quirky shops and fab restaurants. And, don’t miss the UNESCO listed Belfry where you’ll see cannon balls fired on the […]

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What to see in Roubaix northern France

Written by on November 12, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see in Roubaix northern France

Roubaix in northern France, once an industrial powerhouse city has undergone a regeneration and is emerging as a centre of art and culture … A once thriving textile town, Roubaix is a district that’s undergone enormous change as the world of industrial output has shifted. No longer the powerhouse of production that it once was, […]

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Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France

Written by on October 7, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France

Around an hour from the port town of Calais, Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France is a perfect weekend destination as well as a great stop off point for travellers going to and from the UK. Easy to reach from the A16 main auto route, coming here offers a slice of history and gastronomy as this little […]

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