La Maison des Pigeons is surrounded by the beatiful landscape of the ‘Parc Regional des deux Caps’,
an een alternating region with stoling grassland, plateaus of marble, chalk rocks and orchards.
The countless villages around the house are perfect resting places during a trip by bicycle or by foot.
In each village you will find an ‘Estaminet’ that will take care of the thirsty and hungry ones.
In Ardes only 20 minutes drive from us is a huge lake for swimming and sailing.
The region isn’t only a paradise for bikers or strollers. Also riders, peoply by car and motorbikers find their
path along the good indicated routes that might guide you from an surprise to another.
The region around Journy has a long and rich history. There are several silent witnesses of that history as there are
‘Site des Caps’ with Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez. These enormous chak rocks are the pride of Pas de Calais.
Aside of these well known places we also recommend you to visit some less familiar things:
Cambrai and the nature parc of the Avesnois with border town Maubeuge.
You might have noticed it already: Nord – Pas-de-Calais is an inexhaustable touristic source.
Cap Blanc-Nez, with his white cliffs as high as 135m (approx. 445ft) is much more spectacular than Cap Gris-Nez. Starting on the beach of Escalles, you can climb all the way to the top. The view is really extraordinary, but it’s a bit windy up there.
The grasslands and coleseed fields with poppies like red dots, the sea with the continues coming and going of boats. At the bottom of the steep cliffs you find rocks concrete blocks, remains of bunkers the Germans built on the cap and a tangible evidence of continuous erosion.
On bright days the cap is simply amazing. She is a good opponent for her twin clif – the Gris Nez – with whom she makes up the ‘protected region of the two cliffs’. Seagulls, daws and other northern birds hover above the dazzling cliffs.
On the tops, 130 meters above sea level, u have a wide view on all landscapes of the Opal coast: the bay of Wissant, Cap Gris Nez, the English chalk rocks in the west, the Flemish plain in the north and the hills of the Boulonnais in the east.
Besides the cap, there are also cities as St.Omer, which are a perfect starting point for a visit to the wetland of Audomarois, where you can discover the region yourself with a small boat.
Also ‘La Coupole’, the historcal war- and rocketcenter that can be found in an enormomus underground base for V2 rockets is worth a small detour.
You can’t get enought? Then the ‘Route des Villes fortifiées’ is really a must-do.
There are 24 establishments, designed by Vauban, the personal architect of king Lodewijk XIV.
Especially the citadels of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Avesnes-sur-Helpe, Maubeuge, and le Quesnoy are impressive.
On the beach between Ambleteuse and Wimereux you can walk to the Fort of Ambleteuse – a fortress built in the 17th century on a high hill.
It controlled the channel of the harbor of Ambleteuse and was built by Vauban in 1682-1690.
THe fortress was abandoned when Napoleon let go fo his plan to conquer England, but it was rearmed later by the German army.
Today the building gives shelter to a small exhibition and 6 groundplans of Ambleteuse.
This fortress is the only remain on the east side of the Channel and the North Sea.
French Flanders is absolutely not the official name. An important part of the region Nord – Pas-de-Calais used to be Flemish, that’s where the name originated from.
We will introduce the complete region, which is perfect for a small (day) trip.
It is a region with a very rich history. Cities like Arras, Cambrai, Lille, St-Omer and Calais assure days filled with culture.
There aren’t only the churches, monuments and historical buildings, you should not underestimate the landscapes.
If you cross the border around Ypres, you ‘ll end up in the hills, of which Cassel is the larges one and offers you a great view.
The Côte d’Opal or the Opal coast is very well known.
The magnificent coast-line with the high chalk rocks of Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris nez are a must do.
It is one of the reasons why most tourists stay between Boulogne and Calais. Visiting both cities and take a walk along the Opal coast guarantee
a successful trip. Le Touquet and Dunkirk are also worth a visit.
The First and Second World War have left clear marks in French Flanders.
We have a few places to propose that you can visit without long road trips.
Remains on the Great War can be found around Arras with the hills of Vimy and N-D de Lorette.
During the Second World War this region was chosen as a place to launch V1 and V2 rockets from. Therefor we propose two totally different museums:
Eperleques and La Coupole, both in the neighbourhood of St-Omer.