Nord-Pas de Calais

Visit to historic Dunkirk France

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Visit to historic Dunkirk France

Dunkirk or Dunkerque? To many of us Dunkirk means the evacuation of the British army in 1940 from the French beaches and our famous ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ attitude. To the French, Dunkerque means a city on the border with Belgium with wide, safe sandy beaches and a huge commercial port. But since the release of Christopher […]

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Le Touquet Northern France: Style and Substance

Written by on July 26, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Touquet Northern France: Style and Substance

I like Le Touquet Paris-Plage on the Opal Coast, northern France, actually I love Le Touquet. If I had pots of money this is probably where I’d live, or Paris, of course, much like President Macron of France. He lives in Paris but his holiday home is in Le Touquet. It’s a rather posh seaside […]

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4 top towns you shouldn’t miss in Hauts de France

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
4 top towns you shouldn’t miss in Hauts de France

There’s masses of choice for places to visit in the Hauts de France region (Nord, Pas de Calais, Picardy). From grand cities like Lille, the capital of the region to tiny historic little towns and villages. I’ve picked four towns that are easy to get to from Calais, that offer a chance to shop for […]

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Ten things to do in Lille France

Written by on July 21, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Ten things to do in Lille France

  Lille is one of those cities that lures you in and embraces you with its charm. Head for the Grand Place, the large square in the centre of Vieux Lille (the old town) any time you go, it’s the perfect starting point as it’s also where you’ll find the Tourist Office (just off the […]

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Dunkirk the film and the town

Dunkirk the film and the town

It’s one of the blockbuster films of 2017 – Dunkirk (Dunkerque in French), Christopher Nolan’s film about Operation Dynamo, the historic event which saw the rescue of allied forces from the beaches on Dunkirk during World War II. The film Dunkirk Filmed largely on location on the beaches of Dunkirk with a clutch of stars […]

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Wimereux Opal Coast Hauts de France

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Wimereux Opal Coast Hauts de France

The small town of Wimereux is one of those genteel, off the beaten-track seaside resorts that people can’t help falling in love with. You’ll find it nestling on the Opal Coast in the department of Pas de Calais, Hauts de France. It’s a bit of a well-kept secret – or at least it was until […]

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3 things to do for the family on a rainy day in Pas De Calais

Written by on July 11, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
3 things to do for the family on a rainy day in Pas De Calais

There’s plenty to do for the whole family in Pas de Calais, Hauts de France. There are cycling, routes, theme parks, adventure parks, fabulous beaches, walking trails and heaps more. We take a look at three things to do on a rainy day… 1. NAUSICAA The National Sea Centre of France is one of the […]

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Dennlys Park an amusement park for the whole family in Pas de Calais

Written by on July 9, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Theme Parks
Dennlys Park an amusement park for the whole family in Pas de Calais

Arriving at Dennlys Park deep in the countryside of Pas de Calais, you’re struck by the sound of children’s laughter and carousel music. I went with my kids who loved it. There are rides suitable for really little ones, 18-month-old Rachel loved the tractor ride, 4-year-old Leo loved being the tractor driver. Considerably older Harry […]

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Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

If you happen to be in the little town of Montreuil-sur-Mer on July 14, the major French public holiday of Bastille Day, you’re in for a treat. Every year on this day, the town stages a spectacular antiques market that spreads across the whole upper town centre. Montreuil-sur-Mer is a very handsome French town that has become […]

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The historic and fascinating area of French Flanders

Written by on April 28, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The historic and fascinating area of French Flanders

No wonder the ancient Dukedom of Flanders and the adjoining territories of Artois and Picardy are known to historians as ‘The Cockpit  of Europe’. Straddling the borders between present day France and Belgium it’s a region that shaped two world wars and much more. The launching ports for the 1066 Norman invasion, Henry V’s Agincourt, the […]

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