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Pictured above: St-Omer (Haut-Pont district); Nempont golf club; Somme poppy; Wimereux seafront. All © Angela Bird.




And some of the top sights to look for.


The author of the guidebook


An indispensible companion, crammed with ideas for short or long breaks.

Northern France:
What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais


How to get there
Rules of the road.

sets out a host of useful information here on travel,
tourism, attractions, shopping, accommodation,
eating and other subjects to help you make the most of your visit to the beautiful Opal Coast and its countryside.


What’s in; what’s closed down; and anything
else that’s changed


A selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages & campsites for all tastes and purses.

Like the book, this website deals with an area from the
Belgian border south to the river Somme, and
from the Channel coast eastward as far as the A1 autoroute.

It covers roughly half of the Nord département, most of the
Pas-de-Calais, and the northern half of the Somme département.


JULY 2014

I am afraid the book us currently out of print, as I am embarking on
the lengthy process of researching a new edition. 
It is no longer available through bookshops or Amazon etc.
In the meantime, you may find a copy in your local UK library.


What will be going on?
Last updated 20.06.16
Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Jun Jul Aug
Oct Nov Dec

Sorry I have been a bit
slack about updating the calendar recently, but I have now updated August 2016!

Suggestions for places to eat - from snacks to high gastronomy - while you explore Northern France.



The book gives detailed reviews of tourist sites to interest all ages,
with opening hours, admission charges,
and easy-to-spot logos showing length of opening season,
suitability for a rainy day, and places open on Sunday mornings

Click here for more information about the book,
or to order a copy from

One here for every day of the week.
Look out for local specialities, sold by small producers.


Birdwatching, Boating, Cycling, Fishing,
Golf, Riding, Swimming, Tennis Walking,
and more.

Places for kite-surfing, sand-yachting & wind-surfing. Where to find mussels and fossils. And when to go for a swim.

Walk in the footsteps of your grandfather during World War I, in Flanders, the Artois or the Somme.
 World War II sites include Hitler’s blockhouses and surviving elements
of the Atlantic Wall


From prehistoric times, through centuries of Roman, English, Dutch, Spanish and German occupation, the locals have rarely been able to call the place their own.

Ask about Northern France images: maybe I have what you are looking for.
Email webmaster (see below).



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Check out the details of tourist offices, museums and attractions.
Last updated

Guides, maps, atlases and books on every subject, from bird-watching
to battlefield-visiting.

What’s the weather going to do?

Click here to see the Météo France forecast for the next few days.
Here is a link to the climate of Northern France

Short breaks, cultural forays, battlefield tours – you can find specialist companies here.



Site under construction

Please excuse the fact that some of the links do not work yet,
and that some pages are still rather sketchy.




Francophile Angela is a freelance journalist who has worked regularly for
The Illustrated London News. Orient-Express,
Country Living and
Côté Ouest magazines


Already the author of a guidebook to the Vendée, in the Western Loire region, Angela has recently devoted three years to investigating the charms of Northern France.


Picture by
Susan Crosland



 Hello and thanks for dropping in!

I hope you'll find these pages
a good starting point if you planning a trip across the Channel to Northern France.




Let me know if there's any other aspect
you would like to see covered,
or if you have any special recommendations you would like to share.


All information is given in good faith, but the author cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. It is always wise to telephone ahead before making a special journey. 





The Vendée
and surrounding area


The bible for visitors to the sunny Vendée region of western France that lies between Nantes and La Rochelle.


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or here to visit
Angela Bird's informative Vendée website.



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