Mers-les-Bains on the English Channel

3 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Philippe Alès/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Philippe Alès/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mers-les-Bains is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Much of the older part of town developed in the heyday of seaside bathing, during the latter part of the 19th century. As a consequence, the fine villas that were developed in those times are now subject to preservation orders. Any refurbishment must be in the same materials and colours as the original work. No plastic doors or roller shutters are allowed.   read more…

Gerberoy in Hauts-de-France

13 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

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© Chatsam/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gerberoy is a commune in the Oise department in northern France, in the old pays of Beauvaisis.   read more…

Le Crotoy on the Somme Bay

28 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Quai Courbet © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT/cc-by-sa-3.0

Quai Courbet © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT/cc-by-sa-3.0

Le Crotoy is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The inhabitants are known as Crotellois. Le Crotoy is situated on the D143 and D71 crossroads, on the eastern side of the Baie de Somme, some 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Abbeville. Today, the town is a seaside resort whose beach is one of its main assets. It is also close to Marquentera (Park of Marquenterre), an area with a number of lakes, marshes and habitat for flora and fauna. The beach is unusual for northern French beaches in that it faces south. In terms of wildlife, the bay supports a population of seals and shags.   read more…

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