On one sunny spring weekend, Mr and I went up to the northern coast and visited two beautiful place, Cap Gris Nez and Wimereux. The first one is one of two renown cliffs in the Pas-de-Calais département and the second one is a small coastal town with a beautiful seafront.
The journey took only one hour and a half from his parents house but if you are coming from Calais, it will only take 30 minutes. We didn’t expect the weather to be so windy and chilly since the sun was out but up on the cliff we had to really watch our step and be careful so that we didn’t fall!
Quick stop on our way to Cap Griz Nez. Even before arriving at Cap Griz Nez we had a spectacular view
Cap Griz Nez and his big brother Cap Blanc Nez (called Le site des deux caps) are both protected natural site. Another special attribute of this place is that it is the closest point of France to England, where Dover is only 34 km away from France.
Arriving at Cap Griz Nez
On the vista point or observation area on the cliff
To my surprise, there are some houses up on the cliff. We took the small path halfway down and I felt like I was at the end of the world.
The view was breathtaking and I felt like I was floating away. We just stood there for five minutes and felt the wind on our face and listened to the sound of the sea.
If you have more time, you can also visit a few historical and war museums around the area. During the second world war, the Germans built bunkers and blockhouses around the area so the ruins are still visible and some of them are put to tourism purpose.
I loved that our trip was short (it barely was a trip, more like a staycation) but it was different from our usual cityscape. Hope to visit more local attractions like this one in the north!
Till next post with photos of Wimereux.
Photos all taken by me with iPhone5, processed with VSCOcam and lens by Photojojo