The Good Life France Magazine




The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...


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Issue No. 25

In this issue, visit France from home - Gascony, and Provence, fabulous day trips from Paris, captivating Toulouse and charming Northern France. Recipes, guides and a whole heap more to entertain and inspire...

Our last stop was Saint

Our last stop was Saint Omer, around half an hour from Calais and a quintessential French market town that has a massive historic footprint. Thomas a Becket AKA Saint Thomas Becket took refuge from Henry II of England in there in 1165. Centuries later, three of America’s Founding Fathers, Daniel, Charles and John Carroll, studied at the Jesuit Chapel. But we were there for the Saturday morning market. A riot of colour and scents and sounds fill the cobbled square in front of the neo-classic town hall as stalls are piled high with produce, vegetables grown on the local marshes and farms or by green-fingered locals. This is one of the most authentic and friendly markets I’ve been to. And when you’re done, pop to the town library and head to the old part of the building where books go back to the 7th century and a First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays was recently discovered on its heaving shelves. And stop to enjoy a local beer and Flemish dish at any number of cafés and watch the world go by…. This region is a land of contrast, sea and country, history and culture, arts and crafts and gastronomy. Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, there’s so much to discover that one trip is never enough…. Get my free road trip guide to the Hauts-de- France here – lots of tips for restaurants and things to do in and around the areas mentioned…