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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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Laurent Delafosse Abbaye de Clairmarais brewery

and now just ruins remain. There was a

brewery on the grounds until 1790 and it’s

here that Laurent Delafosse now brews his

fabulous beers. abbayedeclairmarais.fr

True beer lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to

the Brasserie Goudale in nearby Arques,

a branch of the Brasserie de Saint-Omer

company, a hugely successful brewery

started by the legendary André Pecque AKA

the ‘King of Beer’. Some of his best known

brews include La Goudale (Old English for

good ale), Saint-Omer and Le Panaché.

Brasserie-goudale.com

Rando Rail: Pedal a 4-person kart on an old

railway line through leafy woods and across

fields on a 10km ride. www.rando-rail.com

Close by

La Coupole is an unmissable visit just 7km

from Saint-Omer. Beneath a 72 metres

wide, five-and-a-half metres thick, 55,000

tonne concrete dome, Hitler had a secret V2

rocket base built. A strike to the entrance put

paid to its aim to churn out bomb-carrying

Clairmarais

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