IN­SIDER TIP

Sunday Star-Times - - EXPAT TALES -

Lil Town­son, Flight Cen­tre Eastridge

In a coun­try with must-see des­ti­na­tions such as Paris, Provence, and the re­sort towns of the Mediter­ranean and At­lantic, it is easy to for­get about France’s north­ern coast along the Bri­tish Chan­nel.

This rugged stretch of coast­line is a per­fect mix of beaches and dra­matic scenery, sprin­kled lib­er­ally with towns that buzz with cul­ture and his­tory.

On my re­cent road trip, I started and fin­ished in Paris, which gave me the best of both worlds: bright city nights and nat­u­ral land­scapes. Af­ter en­joy­ing a re­lax­ing morn­ing eat­ing crois­sants, I drove 197km north to Hon­fleur, an old har­bour town, for­ti­fied dur­ing the Hun­dred Years War.

The town is flanked by two churches: the wooden Sainte-Cather­ine dat­ing to the 1500s, in the west, and Sain­teE­ti­enne, in the east.

I went on to Deauville and on day three, I ar­rived in Mont Saint-Michel. I trav­elled across the walk­way to the for­ti­fied old monastery and me­dieval town perched on a rocky is­land off the coast, and en­joyed the views across the coast­line.

I then drove to Saint Malo, Brit­tany, the land of the striped mariniere T-shirts and crepes. Saint Malo is a heav­ily for­ti­fied and walled for­mer cor­sair town, sit­ting on a stunning coast­line – I had to have the cam­era at the ready!

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Saint Malo is a heav­ily for­ti­fied and walled for­mer cor­sair town, sit­ting along­side a stunning coast­line.

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