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Jun
11

The Opal Coast in France

On a short 5 day vacation, we rented a cottage on the Opal Coast, in northern France. The region is known for its beautiful cliffs such as Cape Blanc Nez and Cape Gris Nez and for its wide area of dunes. Cap Blanc Nez are cliffs of chalk are very similar to the white cliffs of Dover at the other side of the Channel in England. This chalk ridge has been truncated by the sea, forming a cliff that is topped by an obelisk commemorating the Dover Patrol which kept the Channel free from U-boats during World War I. The cliffs of Cap Gris Nez are made of sandstone, clay and chalk & they are the closest point of France to England 34 km/21 mi from their English counterparts at Dover. Smothered in sea pinks and thrift, the cliffs are a perfect vantage point to see hundreds of ships from oil tankers to little fishing trawlers plying the waters below.  We also visited many French seaside towns such as Boulogne-sur-Mer, Sainte Cécile, Hardelot and Le Touquet. To see photos of our mini vacation, follow this link.

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