Really? Who with I hear you ask. Its not a person silly, it’s a Country. I’m having a love affair with France. So when Mr C said shall we go somewhere this weekend (I think he had the garden centre in mind), I said ‘Oooh yes, lets go to Le Touquet!’ There is an airport there you know, called Le Touquet Cote d’Opal and Lydd Airport offers a sheduled service, or if you were feeling flush you could take a small jet. But we took the Eurotunnel to Calais. C’est facile 🙂
Le Touquet-Paris Plage (to give it its proper name), has a reputation as the most elegant holiday resort of Northern France, the playground of rich Parisians, with many luxury hotels such as the beautiful Westminster Hôtel & Spa a 1930’s luxury hotel in the heart of Le Touquet. It is just 500 metres from the beach and offers spacious, Art Deco guestrooms (that’ll be where you will find me then), fabulous restaurants and bistros, a whole host of unique boutiques, choclatiers, amazing Patisseries, Fleuristes and the most amazing vegetable shop ever probably in the world! And it’s all open on a Sunday, so Sante!
To give you a bit of history, the resort was created in 1876 by Hippolyte de Villemessant (1812–1879), founder and owner of the Paris newspaper, Le Figaro. Since the mid-1990s, Le Touquet’s villas have become extremely fashionable amongst architecture lovers throughout Europe, rediscovering the “folie” of seaside architecture of both the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s. Noel Coward and the ‘smart set’ from England spent weekends here (no wonder I love it), and commissioned more outstanding villa designs echoing traditional and ultra-modern styles.
Inland from the miles of sandy beaches, a mecca for kite surfers, it is a wonderful sight to behold with hundreds of colourful kites, theres hotels, a Casino and a Horse Racing Course, a wide range of sports, particularly golf with championship standard courses set in magical pine forests. The casino provided the inspiration of the casino of Royale-les-Eaux in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. This town really has got something for everyone.
Every year in February, a motorbike and quad race called ‘Enduro‘ is held where bikes race along the beach over 17.8 kilometers of sand dunes. The final ranking is determined according to the number of laps completed after three hours of racing, and according to the order of crossing the finish line on the last lap. Even if you are not really a motorbike fan, the site of some 1000 + motorbikes and quads screaming along the sand dunes is an exhilarating experience. Just remember if you go, its a nightmare leaving town. Motorbike mayhem!
So take my advice and have yourself a weekend in Le Touquet….certainly beats the garden centre!