Nord-Pas de Calais

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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Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Northern France

Written by on September 19, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Northern France

Le Touquet Paris-Plage is a small seaside resort on the beautiful Opal Coast of northern France. Architecturally it has a mix of British Edwardian and French Belle Epoque styles. Combined with a zest for outdoor living (and its own microclimate), swanky shops and excellent bars and restaurants. It’s a brilliant place for a weekend break […]

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Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Written by on August 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Lille in northern France is one of the most cultural cities in the country. There are more than a dozen museums and art venues in the city and every three years or so Lille goes arty-party mad with a major several-months-long art festival known as Lille3000 in public buildings and the streets. Palais des Beaux […]

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Family-friendly holidays in northern France

Written by on July 5, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Family-friendly holidays in northern France

If you’re wondering where to go this year for a quintessential French holiday that’s a real family pleaser then look no further! Just across the English Channel you will find long golden sandy beaches, rock pools where you can fish for shrimp and mussels, discover secret inlets and see seals sunbathe. Somewhere you can buy […]

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Le Shopping List for a day trip to Calais France

Written by on April 10, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Shopping List for a day trip to Calais France

When it comes to a day trip to France, wine isn’t the only thing that should be on your shopping list… When you take a day trip to Calais, build in time to shop for great French produce. Right next door to the Eurotunnel station is Cité Europe. A huge shopping mall stuffed full of […]

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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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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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