It was Nobel Prize-winning poet Anatole France who uttered the magical words ‘Sometimes one day in a different place gives you more than ten years of life at home’. And while the French writer was renowned for his oftentimes sceptical works, even he couldn’t deny the inspiration to be found in his beloved country. With a whole world of new paths and experiences to be found just a few hours from the port of Calais, we take a look at some of the best spots for a quick break in the Hauts-de-France region. But best book a flexi ticket – these stunning locations in northern France will have you checking in for an extra night.
Much like in Germany, Christmas markets in France are a traditional affair, but with the added bonus of delicious Gallic treats too. Otherwise known as Marchés de Noël, city squares across the country are transformed into winter wonderlands for the festive season, with merchants travelling from far and wide to sell the very best of food, wine and gifts. Every lovingly decorated display, Christmas tree and tasty French delicacy helps to create an unforgettable experience.
We take a look at some of the best Christmas markets France has to offer.
When planning a short break, it’s easy for thoughts to turn to classic destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Dublin. However, there’s a real sense of adventure to be found in exploring the undiscovered, untrodden parts of Europe that few get to see. From the incredible Irish culture of Limerick to the centuries old Dutch city of Utrecht, these are the best alternative destinations for weekend wanderers.