FEEL NORTHERN FRANCE
Slow down, refresh and be inspired…with a trip to the beautiful Hauts-de France region of the country.
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Arras and its surrounds are a magnet for art-lovers, especially since the recent opening of the Louvre-Lens. Stunning architecture provides backdrop for people watching in Arras’ Baroque Grand’Place with its stunning Flemish-style gabled architecture or Places des Héros with its UNESCO-listed 16th-century belfry.
The chic and in-demand village of Chantilly, 50km north of Paris, is surrounded by forest and dotted with chateaux hotels and Michelin stars. The jewel in its crown is the magnificent Domaine of Chantilly. A royal castle which hovers on water, thanks to breath-taking Le Notre landscaping, with art by great masters such as Delacroix, Raphaël… and did we mention the famous cream?
If it’s French rural country-side and beautiful medieval villages you are looking for, you don’t need to go to the south. Hauts-de-France has stunning villages dotted along the coast, amongst lush farmland, tucked away in magical forests and along the Champagne trail. Try Montreuil-sur-Mer, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Gerberoy, Boulogne for a taste of real France …
A trip to northern France should be complemented by a visit to Nausicaa, an exceptional sea life centre with a strong focus on protecting our marine environment. You can get lost amongst the exhibits and live shows for hours.
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