Eurostar Winter Sale to Paris, Lille #France
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An ambitious project to locate an outpost of Paris Musée du Louvre in unfashionable Northern France opens to the public on 12 December 2012
The Louvre-Lens is sited in Lens (62 Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais) about 100km from Calais.
This is in the old coal-mining district, notable for its towering conical terrils (slag heaps) which dominate the
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The otherwise rather dour northern french city of Arras (62 Pas-de-Calais, Nord- Pas-de-Calais) opens a new Aquatic Centre called ACQUARENA
The rather modern and flowing lines of this complex of swimming pools, spa (beauty and fitness) contrast with the imposing and very traditional architecture of Arras’ central square – La Grande Place.
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Dunkerque (62 Pas de Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais) manages to brighten up the miserable nothern French winter with its annual Carnival from 12 January – 30 March 2013
The most famous, the nosiest, the most mental, but also the oldest, is the Dunkerque Carnival. For weeks on end, groups called fisherbands take the measure of each
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P&O Ferries are offering a cheap day trip for a car and up to 9 people for a spot of Christmas shopping (2011). Prices start from £19 (more at weekends) – so if you can amange a reasonably early start from Dover then there is time for some gourmet food shopping, a spot of lunch
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Boulogne-sur-mer (62 Pas de Calais, Nord-Pas de Calais) may no longer have a cross-channel ferry service, and as a consequence fells more “french” and less frenetic and transitory than its rival Calais. Famous for its local food, markets and shopping it also hosts its Fete du Hareng (Herring Festival) 16-17 November 2013
At the old
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Boulogne-sur-mer (62 Pas de Calais, Nord-Pas de Calais) may no longer have a cross-channel ferry service, and as a consequence fells more “french” and less frenetic and transitory than its rival Calais. Famous for its local food, markets and shopping it also hosts its Fete du Hareng (Herring Festival) 19-20 November 2011.
At the old
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Boulogne-sur-Mer (62 Pas-de-Calais) is holding its Christmas market:
Boulogne-sur-Mer (upper town) 15-16 December 2012
Although there is no direct ferry crossing to Boulogne any longer – it is an easy drive (30 mins) from Calais ferry or Eurotunnel terminals. In many ways Boulogne feels more authenrtically French than its competitive and busy neighbour. Boulogne is
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The main attractions of much of northern France are the impressive main squares of the principal towns – e.g. Arras, Lille and St Omer. The belfries and town hall spires (e.g. Calais) make significant statements as to each town’s importance and cultural ambitions, rising as they do above the otherwiese rather featureless landscape.
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