I am lying on my back in the grass, wind blowing in my hair, trying to catch my breath from the steep climb. There is only the soaring sound of a small motorised glider and the gentle splashes of the water hitting the rocks, 135 meters below me.
I’m at the Côte Opale in North Pas-de-Calais, France and it’s a perfect spring weekend getaway.
48 hours to benefit from the fresh salty air and spend to the fullest.
What to See
Probably because I just want to feel some sand on my toes. I’ll put this city on my “revisit on a sunny day” list and travel onwards.
In Wimereux beach cabins are lined up at the embankment. The cabins have all been given names such as Viking and Le Temps de Vivre. I love beach cabins because they carry a story about their owner. They are a physical reminder of their dreams, life philosophy or just lousy imagination. Land inwards a line of picturesque cottages show off the latest trend in color blocking.
Cap Gris Nez
But in the end I haven’t come here for seaweed rocks! I want to see waves clashing up against the rocks.
I decide to visit Cap Gris Nez at blue hour when most people have already retreated to their hotels. The parking lot is empty aside from 2 campers spending the night up here. I walk up to the viewpoint as everything slowly turns into nothing but shades of blue. The night falls and I’m standing on a wooden balcony, alone in the dark with nothing but the sound of smashing water. I truly recommend coming here for a late night walk after engulfing yourself at restaurant La Sirène.
Where to Eat
If you aren’t in for a three course menu meal than opt for one of the many brasseries that you can find in the small towns such as Wissant. Look for a little authentic place with a terrace that serves up fresh mussels cooked in white wine accompanied with french fries. You should be able to find this for €15 tops.
Where to Stay
Cap Blanc Nez
Minutes ago I felt tiny, walking along the water which is slowly corroding these massive limestone mastodons. Now I’m high above, looking across the water, imagining to see London on the other side. I feel like I’m on top of everything.