French Language Trips to the Opal Coast
The Opal Coast, in Northern France, stretches from the Belgian border in the North to the Somme estuary in the South and is an area filled with natural beauty which offers a taste of real France without the need for a long journey.
Groups can stay on scenic stretches of coastline lined with elegant French seaside resorts all of which offer easy access to historical sites, Gothic cathedrals, sea center and shopping centres. The variety of excursions and places of interest make this an ideal place for students to practise their French language skills; listening, comprehending and conversing in French with locals to both educate and entertain.
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Reasons to Visit
Boulangerie Maillard Trupin
Students watch and listen to the baker describe, in French, the process of making traditional French bread and croissants, before getting the chance to produce and eat their own.
Guided Tour of Boulogne
France’s first fishing port has an impressive old quarter with cobbled streets and a beautiful Cathedral. Boulogne is a popular fishing port and cross-channel terminus with many attractive areas and excellent shopping. Above the port is an impressive medieval quarter, dominated by the very grand cathedral.
Practising French at Le Marché Place Dalton
A central meeting place for citizens of Boulogne, the square on Place Dalton extends to Rue Thiers and is the location for the city’s main open-air market on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. All manner of fresh local foods and produce are on sale here.
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Nausicaa is much more than just an aquarium. It is a unique centre for the discovery of the marine environment which is fun, educational and scientific all at the same time, focusing mainly on the relationship between mankind and the sea. They have educational workshops and educational resources to download before you travel.
Les Chocolats de Beussent
A look at chocolate production followed by a tasting. A guided tour in English, which explains chocolate production, from cocoa leaves to moulding and coating and culminates in a tasting.
Ambleteuse WWII Museum
Museum which depicts the history of WWII through a magnificent collection of uniforms, arms and means of transport. The museum in Ambleteuse is a homage to all the veterans of the 2nd World War. In 800 m2 of displays, you will see the chronological history from the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Peronne Historical Museum
The museum compares the experiences of the major participants in the First World War. It shows what daily life was like on the front but also behind the lines, reflecting the heavy involvement of the civilian populations. In exploring the culture of war, it links the past to the present, testifying to the impact that this conflict has had throughout the 20th century.
Flemish style buildings and picturesque cobbled squares, disguise a town steeped in war history. Arras is the capital of the Artois region and is well-known for the traditional Flemish style of its buildings and picturesque cobbled squares.
This elegant and fashionable seaside resort has wide sandy beaches, a promenade and a watersports complex. There is a market twice a week.
Lille Christmas Market
The Christmas Market in Lille is the largest and oldest in Northern France. It is a great choice for a day trip or overnight stay due to the Eurostar link which gets you to this winter wonderland in less than 2 hours. The festival is held in the Place Rihour in the towns centre with over 50 stalls offering a vast range of local products and original gifts. A Ferris Wheel turns on the main square, which is transformed into a winter wonderland, dominated by an 18-meter high Christmas tree.
Your group will take a guided tour of the goats farm to see how the animals are reared and see how the distinctive goats cheese is made. Students will also get to taste the different types of cheeses made at the farm.
The French eat 25,000 tonnes of snails a year, the equivalent to 700 million individual snails! Visit a working snail farm to give your students an insight into how snails are reared and farmed. As well as touring the farm, tasting sessions are available for groups brave enough to try them.Tuck into snail pâté, garlic snails in a biscuit shell and snail shaped biscuits.
Learn about the history of the sweet shop and see how the sweets and lollipops are made. Students will learn from the French commentary, demonstrations and be able to taste the delicious sweets produced.
A guided tour of the bee-keeping museum offers an insight into the workings of a hive and how important bees are so essential to our eco-system. Students will be able to view a deserted hive, learn the life cyle of a bee as well as observe a glass hive that shows the bees at work. The process of extracting honey is explained as well as the opportunity for a tasting.
France’s first fishing port has an impressive old quarter with cobbled streets and a beautiful Cathedral. Boulogne is a popular fishing port and cross-channel terminus with many attractive areas and excellent shopping.
Mining History Centre
The largest mining museum in France where a thousand miners worked to extract 1000 tonnes of coal every day. Visitors are taken on a guided tour to by a former miner to retrace the steps of an average working day taking in the lamp room and mine buildings before ‘going down’.
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