We spent this weekend in the lovely French town of Montreuil-sur-mer which is situated in the Nord Pas-de-Calais not far from Etaples, although the sea is some miles away.
A short drive from Calais and not far from Le Touquet, this old town is contained within medieval ramparts where you will find cobblestoned streets with restaurants, cafes and hotels all offering traditional French food and lovely accommodation. The ramparts are accessible and when strolling around the boundary visitors have splendid views over the French countryside. We did this on Sunday morning after breakfast and were rewarded with fine weather as the temperature rose into the mid-twenties, (centigrade).
We went to Montreuil to celebrate a cousin’s birthday, why you might ask would we do that.
Our cousin decided that she wanted to do something different for her birthday and having discovered Montreuil some time before wanted to re-visit the town, so we all decided to go and celebrate her birthday there.
If you are ever in this part of France and wondering where to visit, then Montreuil should not be missed. Stroll around the ramparts then sit in a cobbled lane outside a restaurant drinking coffee and soak up the restful atmosphere. You might care to do a little research as Montreuil also offers a number of festivals throughout the year where it's not uncommon for the residents and visitors to dress up in costumes of various sorts.