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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Saint-Omer

Saint-Omer in the Pas-de-Calais department

is just 30 minutes from Calais by car and

2.5 hours from Paris by car or train. It is

a town that has an extraordinary history

spanning millennia. The Romans set up shop

here. Thomas Becket AKA Saint Thomas

of Canterbury, took refuge there. Three of

America’s Founding Fathers studied at the

Jesuit Chapel. Saint-Omer is the symbolic

home of the British Royal Air Force and

it’s where Douglas Bader, hero of the RAF

in WWII was shot down, escaped from his

captors and was sheltered in the town.

And surrounding Saint-Omer is some of the

most bucolic countryside in France, with

shades of the Dordogne.

Visit the town

Start your visit at Place du Maréchal Foch

in the centre of the town. It’s lined with

gourmet food shops and cafés that are

perfect for sitting outside and watching the

life of the town go on. Behind the theatre

which dominates this ancient square, is Guy

Delalleau’s delicious boulangerie/patisserie –

his cakes are like small works of art and taste

as good as they look – it’s not to be missed.

Around the squares are cobbled streets with

300 year old merchants houses and majestic

manors, a place that lures artists to capture

the topsy-turvy Flemish style. The River Aa

runs through the town and makes for a pretty

walk and if you happen to be there in the last

week in July, you’ll be able to join in the fun of

the annual nautical procession, a carnival of

floats on water!

Park your car (there are several free car parks)

and pick up a map from the tourist office

which is in a tranquil green area behind the

Cathedral and where you can sit on Paris style

park chairs at the café and listen to those

mellow bells ring. And if you go on Saturday

morning, you’ll find one of the best markets in

the region. Saint-Omer is a place to wander,

and discover it’s many secrets…

The Good Life France | 27

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