Continuing from France; Exploring the hidden photo gems on the Opal Coast
From Boulogne-sur-Mer, we headed south through the delightfully rural Seven Valleys to the picturesque little hilltop town of Montreuil sur Mer, which once had the sea lapping at its portals, but is now about 10 miles inland. You have a nice view from the city wall, and it is a lot of places to be creative with your photography here.
The Seven Valleys is a hidden gem of France! In Montreuil sur Mer the oldest of the town’s buildings is the exquisitely half-timbered Les Hauts de Montreuil, a welcoming traditionally styled hotel that dates back to year 1537, they have a romantic summer terrace, as well as an intimate gourmet restaurant and this is where we stayed the night. The Breakfast we got the following morning is the bet breakfast I ever had, delicious scones, local produces like honey, cheese and ham, delicious coffee and fresh juice ++, I seriously could not stop eating!
That evening we went out to eat a good meal, we did not reserve or ask for a good place to eat, so we walked up the street on the backside of the hotel and found Froggys’ Tavern, we entered into an empty restaurant that apparently was not opened yet, however the staff was there and we asked for a table for two, they was of course fully booked! The staff discussed, and told us that if we would not be longer than 1 ½ hours, then we could order, and so we did. The menu was all in French handwriting and not easy to understand, I looked up and got to see a whole roasted baby pig, turning in the roster on the wall behind the counter, I pointed on it, got a whole leg and It was delicious!
Atmosphere-laden cobbled streets, encircling town walls and a wealth of ancient buildings, the welcoming little bars, bistros and charming boutiques make this an overnight stopping place I can recommend for relaxing, good food and photo opportunities. This prosperous little town was the general headquarters of the British Army from 1916 to 1918. President Charles De Gaulle once famously expressed the view that it is impossible to govern a nation that has more than 300 different kinds of cheese. You can find most of them at the Caseus cheese shop on the square that carries his name.
Every Sunday morning it is a marked in the little square of the village. Many locals come here to sell their goods all from just a few eggs and a chicken, to vegetables, cheeses, meat and also clothes, all local produces that taste amazing!
On our way back to Amsterdam we stopped the town called Bruges in Belgium. We had a meal, did some shopping and took some photos before we drove home and collected Fia (our dog) at her hotel.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and maybe got some ideas if you are going to this area.
I appreciate if you would like, share or comment on this post.