Located around 27kms south of Boulogne in Etaples, on the road to Le Touquet, is the Etaples Military Cemetery.
The cemetery contains over 10,000 burials from the First World War and just a few from the Second World War.
Located right by the roadside, it is a sobering site when you come across it. We pulled over to have a closer look. We just looked over the fence, but you can go into the cemetery if you wish.
On our weekend to Boulogne we had some spare time on Sunday morning so decided to take a drive to Le Touquet-Paris-Plage. It took approximately 30-40 minutes to drive to from Boulogne.
Le Touquet used to be a very popular destination for holidaying Parisians back in the early to mid 1900’s, due to its close proximity to Paris, and fabulous seaside location.
These days it appears to be more of a destination for British tourists, due to its closeness to Boulogne & Calais ferries.
There is a long central shopping street that leads you to the seaside. The street is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, and is modern and clean.
Towards the seaside there is a fabulous old carousel and some other activities to keep the kids amused.
It is a nice looking town with plenty of facilities for all the family, and has a bit of a posh feel about it. Worth a look while in the area.
This "Great Army Column" is a high monument commemorating Napoleon. Its construction started on 9th November 1804 and it was named "Colonne Napoléone". When the Empire fell, the construction stopped and was resumed later on with its present name.
We were told that Napoleon turns his back on England as a symbol of his disliking of that country.
The column is surronded by green areas, and a beautiful esplanade leads to it (see last picture).
The Colonne de la Grande Armée is located in the commune of Wimille, at the North of Boulogne-sur-Mer. If you come from Calais with the A16 motorway, take the exit 3.
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).
Daily business on the beaches of Normandie
Small fishing boats floating on the sea doing the daily job.!
But somebody has to get the boat on land again. Also a daily job - but unusual to see it if you are used to the stress of cities .
Normandie - the beaches - the graveyard of many young soldiers during the second world war - but oké - never to forget - but a sign for a better future ?? Let us al hope and pray !