Apr 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Swing Through Northeast France

Tucked into the northeast corner of France, this is one of the most densely populated and industrial areas in the country and the site of many of the most notorious battlefields of WWI. The region is made up of three separate areas – Flanders, Artois and Picardy (Picardie).
These three regions and several cities are not to be missed. This map is a good one for planning your drive north of Paris via some very nice routes. Some major things for seniors to see and do include the coast as well as several impressive gothic cathedrals.

Seniors, Try Out a “Gîte”

A Gîte is a specific type of holiday accommodation usually a holiday home which is available for rent usually in a rural area. My wife and I have stayed in several and have always enjoyed the ambiance and meeting the owners. I guess one could call them a French B&B. Each gîte has reception rooms, bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom, and is well equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible. They can be found all over France: in the countryside, in the mountains, or by the sea. Regardless of the location, they are near beautiful outside spaces. This URL has some great suggestions for seniors to investigate.

Along the English Channel on a clear day you can see England’s white cliffs of Dover from the coast of Northern France, marking the narrowest point of the English Channel. The obvious choice as the connection point for the revolutionary Channel Tunnel, called the EuroTunnel ingeniously bored from the sea floor below the Channel’s frigid waters, millions of travelers disembark at its stations yearly. High-speed Eurostar trains leave from central London, reaching the region’s capital city of Lille and nearby Calais in less than two hours. The English probably know this region better than anyone as they cross over often using the tunnel under the Channel to reach France. This site features vacation ideas for senior vacationers and travel advice including hotel reviews.

Condé Nast Magazine has a featured article on Getting to Northern France by rail, ferry or by air. Like travel blogs? These folks have lived in the Pas de Calais for almost ten years and have lots of good things to say about the region and they share good information on France and the French. Check out some of the other super information on his homepage where you could spend several hours.


World66 is a great site for checking out destinations and this one focuses on the region and provides lots of pertinent information. Michelin to the rescue for food and drink…there are lots of specialties for you to try out in the north of France. While you are in Northern France, try to eat where the locals do. Search out the cheaper restaurants away from the obvious tourist spots.

Enjoy your time up north in France and view Lonely Planet’s “bucket list” in this area. Eurostar follows suit with their own listing that will fill in lots of itinerary gaps.  Au revoir et à la prochaine! jeb

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