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Pas De Calais – the Golden Triangle?

Cycling in the Pas De Calais

When we bought our first house in the Pas De Calais, just a mile or two from the site of the Battle of Agincourt, we could reach it in 3 hours by car from our home in Central London.  It was this arbitrary limit on travelling time that defined our search area in the first place, and we congratulated ourselves many times on the decision, as it made it possible for us to spend almost every weekend in France, starting late enough on Friday evenings to take an off-peak rate shuttle yet still arriving at our house before French midnight.

The nearness of the Pas De Calais to the most densely populated and richest part of Great Britain was an advantage to us then, and it remains an advantage now, even though we long ago left London to settle permanently here.  Though the clientele for the holiday gite business we established came from all over Britain, the majority were from the South-East, and it was equally this region that provided almost all our useful out-of-season short break business – the icing on the cake for holiday landlords.

Statistically the Pas De Calais is one of France’s poorer regions, so prices here tend to be lower than in other more traditionally touristic areas of France.  It’s a stroke of great luck (for homeowners and gite landlords, at least) that such an affordable region of France should be situated so close to much of Europe’s most Continue reading “Pas De Calais – the Golden Triangle?” »

Tunnel rail service – Calais Frethun to Ashford

At a conference to be held at the Westminster Hotel at Le Touquet on Saturday July 31, M. Edouard BRAINE, the Consul General of France in London will speak on the work his department is doing to encourage the development of a “frequent and cheap rail link” between Calais and Ashford through the channel tunnel.

M. BRAINE will also talk about the “Forgotten of St Pancras”, the tens of thousands of young French people for whom London and the UK labour market is the gateway into the globalized world.

M. BRAINE is a remarkable man who served in this region as a sous-prefet, before a distinguished career in the diplomatic service. His riding accident in 2002 rendered him quadraplegic, but he continues to serve his country in spite of a disability that would force most to retire. His present post in London brings him into contact with many of the issues facing British people travelling and working in France.

The conference is to be held in the halls of the Hotel Westminster, Le Touquet, on Saturday July 31 from 17h00 to 18h30, on the occasion of the General Assembly of UPRAT (Union des Proprietaires Residents et Amis du Touquet). Non-members are welcome to the conference but other elements of the meeting will be restricted to members.