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