|In the Eurotunnel|
|Our Gite - chez nous for a week.|
|Ooh la la!|
Very often, Northern France is dismissed as a holiday destination, with tourists from England treating it as nothing more than a thoroughfare to sunnier climes. This is such a mistake as there are many reasons to holiday there. The weather is generally warmer than in the UK. Prices are very reasonable which is a consideration during times of recession. The countryside and beaches off the beaten track are beautiful, unspoilt and never crowded. The food is great and with access to the hypermarches you can get some fantastic bargains and enjoy a week of fine dining very cheaply. The air is clean and the rural atmosphere is so relaxing that you really do have the feeling of getting away from it all.
Le Touquet is quintessentially an elegant, chic resort and was considered the beach side playground of wealthy Parisians. It is very lovely with exquisite 20s and 30s architecture housing boutiques and hotels. The beach is very clean, sandy and perfect for kite flying, collecting shells and simply breathing in the fresh sea.
|Gorgeous Untouched Beaches|
|My Boys in The Forest|
There are quaint little cafes, shops and bars within the old town walls. We bought ourselves berets in a typically touristy move! We bought baguettes from a little boulangerie and ate them on a bench overlooking the cathedral. We lit candles in the church remembering our loved ones. The cathedral is very beautiful and well maintained, with a tranquil atmosphere. The perfect place to reflect.
|Saying a prayer for Great Grandma xxx|
The Nausicaa National Centre of the Sea is on the sea front. It is an extremely impressive aquarium housing some 35,000 creatures in an array of amazing tanks and displays. We spent a lovely afternoon looking at some remarkable animals, learning about the oceans and handling some marine creatures. I loved this grumpy trio of fishes!
Etaples is home to an inspiring and moving military cemetery. Over 10,000 graves dating back from May 1915 mark the fallen soldiers from World Wars 1 and 2. Although this may not be everyone's idea of a place to visit, we found it really humbling. I think it is important that the children grow up to understand the sacrifices made in the name of freedom. We paid our respects to the fallen and felt the solemnity of this beautiful, but incredibly sad memorial.
|Paying Respects to the Fallen.|
This post has been written for the Tots100/Al Fresco Holidays competition. Check out the Al Fresco website (http://www.thomsonalfresco.co.uk/) for more information on their 54 fabulous European parc holiday destinations. I might consider one for my next family holiday...they really do look great!