A Sunday Morning Stroll Around the Marais, a District of Paris
Le Marais is an old Parisian district situated on the north bank of the River. It is a glorious mixture of history, architecture, cultures and cuisine. It is home to the Hôtel particulier, a large private mansion incorporating several bedrooms for the use of guests and some grandiose religious buildings reflecting early settlements of religious communities. As cars are not permitted in the central area of the Marais on a Sunday it is the ideal time to walk through this fascinating district. Highlights of my visit included the meringue shop and polyphonic singing.
Discover Saint Omer in Pas de Calais, France
Saint Omer in Pas de Calais a department in Northern France is very proud of its heritage. This includes the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the hand cut canals traversing the Audomarois marsh. This area, the largest marsh under cultivation and a natural habitat for wildlife has led to the town being recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.
Le Touquet Resplendent Amongst the Pines of the Côte d’Opale, France
Le Touquet, surrounded by the pine forests of the Côte d’Opale in the Pas de Calais region of Northern France is one of the most eccentric and enjoyable towns I have visited. Gracious, tree-lined avenues give way to narrow streets lined with fairy-tale houses that lead to a sea-front of fun fringed with natural dunes.
Marvellous Maison 76 is the Heart of Montreuil sur Mer in Pas de Calais, France
Sometimes it is thoughtful little touches that make all the difference and those I experienced at Maison 76 in Montreuil sur Mer in Pas de Calais, France elevated my stay there to a very special experience.
Montreuil sur Mer in Pas de Calais, France – A Journey from Garrison to Gastronomy
So many people drive through Northern France on their way to Paris but they are missing a real treat. As the motorway from Calais to Paris passes through Pas de Calais it is peppered on either side with pretty, small towns offering a wealth of history and the best of French cuisine. Close enough for a day trip and far enough for a holiday abroad this area is becoming a popular destination. I began my visit here in the historic town of Montreuil sur Mer.
A Whimsical Wander through Wimereux
Weekly markets in Wimereux are vibrant with the colours of fresh vegetables stacked high on the stalls that also grown under the weight of local cheeses, plants and many other products. Items of clothing sway gently on their hangers disturbed by the breeze from the River Wimereux that runs parallel to the road where the market is held …
A Memorable Day in Boulogne sur Mer
Boulogne sur Mer, known as the capital of the Opal Coast, is an extraordinary French town in the department of Pas de Calais. It is unusual because the clear divide between its fishing port, the most important in France, and its historic old town offers the visitor two completely different experiences in the same day. Then there is a third aspect, the huge National Sea Centre named Nausicaà …
La Matelote Hotel - Magnifique
La Matelote on the sea front of Boulogne sur Mer in Pas de Calais, Northern France is a family-run hotel and restaurant combined. It offers excellent food in its Michelin Star restaurant and a warm welcome in its cosy hotel. The unusual furnishings feature some beautiful modern interpretations of La Matelote, the fisherman’s wife who, traditionally, wore a distinctive head dress. This acknowledgement of a local tradition is a source of pride to the hotel owners, father and son, Tony and Stellio Lestienne.
Food, Glorious Food in the Pas de Calais
The Pas de Calais is a department in northern France named after the French region that borders the Strait of Dover. The Strait of Dover connects the English Channel with the North Sea. The coastline of this region, known as the Opal Coast, is closest to England and easily accessible by land, air and sea. It features two capes, and several seaside towns including Calais, Boulogne sur Mer and Wimereux. I started my visit here with a bracing walk around the Cap Blanc-Nez ...