Hotel Des Arts

102 a 112 Quai Gambetta, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 62200, France
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arriving from calais

by sylvgood

My daughter and I are arriving by boat to calais then hopefully getting a train to boulogne. This doesnt appear to be as easy as I first thought. Does anyone know how frequent the trains are ? Also we shall be there whilst the fish festival is on. Does anyone know much about this ?

Thank you

Sylvia

Re: arriving from calais

by leics

You can look at www.sncf.com

Or you can look at:

http://www.bahn.de/p/view/international/englisch/international_guests.shtml

which is excellent for all European trains, but only gives fares for journeys starting in Germany.

There are trains from Calais Ville to Boulogne Ville roughly every hour/couple of hours, taking from around 40 minutes to 1 hour+.

Re: arriving from calais

by ATLC

The Fête du Poisson (Seafood festival) is from 25 July-4 August.
So I took the Monday morning 28 July for a train search at www.voyages-sncf.com

You don't need to worry, there are numerous trains per hour. Every 10-20 minutes or so. The trip takes between 23 minutes to 1 hour and the cost is between 6 euro and 7.30 euro ONE-WAY.

On a Saturday morning less frequent, but still one or two per hour.

Re: arriving from calais

by Wowmoment

This site is pretty useful source of info for Calais and the area:

http://www.day-tripper.net/channelportcalaistransport.html#Anchorcalaisbus

Boulogne Fish festival dates are 25 - 27 JULY & 1 - 4 AUGUST

Re: arriving from calais

by ATLC

Ah, that's interesting. What is correct?

Boulogne-sur-mer's Tourist Information Office website states:
From Friday 07/25/2008 to Monday 08/04/2008

http://www.tourisme-boulognesurmer.com/uk/manif_2.php

Re: arriving from calais

by leics

The Northern France tourist info says it's 1/8 to 4/8:

http://www.northernfrance-tourism.com/en/agenda/FMANPC000FS001D5/fish-festival-in-boulogne-sur-mer.html

And this site says from 25/7 to 4/8:

http://www.channelchallenge.org.uk/Events.htm

Do they have it in two main sections, perhaps, with lots of fishy business in between? :-)

Re: arriving from calais

by ATLC

hahaha! Sounds fishy to me!

Re: arriving from calais

by sylvgood

Thanks all for your help. shall have to sort fish festival when we get there I think. Have only just found out that Speed Feries are now taking foot passengers to Boulogne, so that may solve all our problems.

Travel Tips for Boulogne-sur-Mer

Art Nouveau

by Mikebond

Some houses have beautiful Art Nouveau balconies, like the one you see in this picture. Have a look at the second photo to see a detail.
Art Nouveau was a style that developed between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Notre-Dame de Boulogne

by Mikebond

Many French towns and cities have a cathedral devoted to Notre-Dame, i.e. Our Lady, the Madonna. So does Boulogne-sur-Mer. But the Lady of Boulogne has Her own history, which develops amid history and legend.
In the Middle Ages, Boulogne was the most important pilgrimage town in France and its relevance can be compared to that of today's Lourdes. So, the cult of Notre-Dame de Boulogne is very ancient but there are at least two versions about its origin.
The most reported version tells that a very beautiful lady arrived by sea on a boat without sail nor oars. The people to whom she had appeared asked her her name and she answered she was "the advocate of fishers, the source of grace, the fountain of pity". Then, the Virgin delivered her message: "I want a divine light to descend upon you and your town. Have a church built in my name."

The first statue representing a Virgin with a Child was indeed discovered on a small boat near Boulogne in 636. It was laid into a chapel and Sainte-Ide built a crypt for it in the 11th century (see my Things to do tips).
King Louis XI designated the Virgin as patron saint of the Boulogne County. Meanwhile Boulogne has become a great pilgrimage destination. However the church was damaged and the statue hidden in the 16th century, before being burnt in 1793, few years before the church was demolished.
A new statue is sculptured and a new church is built for it in the 19th century.
The first photo show the new statue of Notre-Dame, located on the main altar.
The marble statue in the second photo is located in the crypt of the cathedral.
The wooden virgin in the third image was sculptured in Saint-Omer in 1803.
The fourth photo depicts a mosaic on the low part of the altar in the Cathedral and the last one portrays a hand of the original statue of Notre-Dame that survived until our days.

Outside the walls

by Mikebond

When you arrive in Boulogne, you will likely see this Egyptian boat before entering the City. It is a replica of the boat discovered in Giza and commemorates Auguste Mariette (1821-81), a famous Egyptologist born in Boulogne. He was the creator of the Egyptian museum in Cairo.
Outside the walls, you will also see the flowerbed in the second photo with a statue of King Henri II (it is very clear in the photo, so you may not see it well).

Aquarium scene in Waterworld

by Luchonda

The Rose - flower of dreams and romance - even under water !
Yes "Nausicaa Aquarium" offers a lot of waterworld scénes ! Divided into several levels - this "Museum" let us have a view on the evolution UNDER water ! So an interesting place for landrobs like we are !
Look at the other side of this small world !

Château-Musée - courtyard

by Mikebond

The courtyard of the castle often hosts cultural events in the summer (maybe also in the other seasons).
On the walls you can read some plates that commemorate war episodes occurred in this castle. Particularly interesting is the stone in the fifth photo that celebrates an unknown English soldier fighting for freedom who spent the last night of his life there.

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