Once a nation in its own right, Flanders today straddles two countries – France and its northern neighbour, Belgium. Ypres A short drive from Calais in French Flanders will bring you to the picturesque walled town of Ypres, in Belgian Flanders. A memorable way to enter the town is through the monumental Menin Gate. Its […]
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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The quaint little country town of Coulon is home to the Maison du Marais Poitevin visitor centre and start point for boat tours in the Marais. Or to give it it’s full name, the Marais Poitevin, 18,553 hectares of waterway network. It was entirely created by man, close to the Atlantic coast, a little south […]
Think of La Belle France topographically and images of the majestic mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées spring immediately to mind. But the country also boasts intriguing flatlands that, in their own unique way, are just as worthwhile exploring. There’s the mystical Camargue, with its herds of half-wild horses. The historic salt pans of La […]