Easter weekend was coming up and we didn’t want to let it go by without doing something fabulous. Prices are high over this weekend in Europe though so we needed to keep things fairly low-key and keep it brief. After some research we found a P&O ferry doing a deal for a carload of people from Dover to Calais in France for $24 return with SIX BOTTLES OF WINE FOR FREE. YEP. What was the wine like? It was like drinking wee but still! Cooking wine – hurrah! So off to France before the sun was up, we were. It was the best way to spend a day.
Calais is apparently quite well known for its shopping scene. It has a HUGE shopping ‘city’ that many UK-ers travel over for, along with a few boutiques in its town centre. The booze is dirt cheap. Other than that, there isn’t a tonne to this French sea-side town. It has a lovely beach and a gorgeous city hall (I think that’s what it is), with a stunning clock tower.
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme on the other hand – what a gorgeous, gorgeous village. I was in love from the minute we arrived. It was market day so it’s hard to get a carpark. My recommendation would be to park in back streets and walk in, or better yet – before you enter the town so you skip the traffic. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a small town can’t get traffic!
We wandered through the back streets looking through all the sweet stores and just caught the end of their Sunday markets which have everything from delicious pastries and fresh seafood to vintage clothing. We ended up at Brunch Cafe for a late lunch of wine and the French special, moules-frites. This is essentially a big bowl of mussels, mine was in a creamy samphire soup that you dip your chips in to. It was pretty dang delish!
After we had eaten ourselves sick, we started moving back to the car along the sea front which was breathtaking. You can see miles away and it took everything in me not to jump into the water. Although it was slightly freezing so that helped too!
If you’re after a quick getaway whether you’re based somewhere in south England or even north of France I definitely recommend this sweet little town. Make sure you wander in the back streets too and find the hidden patisseries and beautiful architecture.