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Picture perfect in la vrai France


A major fishing port in the north of France, Boulogne is just 31 miles from Dover, 120 miles from Brussels and just down the road from Calais.

We based ourselves at the very centrally located Hotel Metropole and went in search of food. In Le Cyrano, in Rue Coquelin, the charming Jerome is front of house and his wife Angelique is in the kitchen. It’s a small homely restaurant serving fish straight from the nearby port. Marmite de pecheur was a hearty mix of salmon, mussels, haddock, white wine, cream and veg. All a great start to our adventure.

The old town is walled and has four gates….



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