Northern France • Hitting the Road

France, the Northern Coast from Lille to St. Malo. Who really knows it? We often speak about Belle Paris or La Cote d’Azur and never about ch’ti culture, amazing beaches and sea-sights, endearing people, Flemish influence, small villages rich with history and wonderful food, I could carry on speaking forever. At Tiplr we don’t only travel and report, but we…

Bla Bla Car – The Revolutionary Way to Travel!

Last minute trip? Trains are too expensive? Buses offer a route that you think will last forever? Don’t worry, a smart group of guys created the solution: BlaBlaCar is an easy and brilliant app that puts in touch travellers moving from one city to an other, with passengers that already need to travel the same…

Cap Fréhel, France – The Lighthouse of Freedom

The wind hits the face, the sea hits the rocks, the light of the headlight hits the horizon, so far and so close at the same time. This place hits the heart and gives a sense of freedom as not many others. There is no town near; only sky, stars and two lighthouses, that look…

Mont Saint Michel, France – Tides Change his Look!

Haze, mystical atmosphere, quicksands, a place that is difficult to find elsewhere, for its distinctiveness. Its history begins with a legend: Mont Saint Michel Abbey has been built after archangel Michael’s request to Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, in VIIIth Century. Initially, Aubert thought he was getting mad and he didn’t pay attention to the Archangel’s…

Caen, France – The City of Europe’s Memory

The landing at Normandy took place in 1944. That day, the allies landed on Normandy beaches to assault an occupied Europe. Caen is a cultural and artistic city, famous for Camembert cheese and cidre, but also for its history. The beaches near the city are known as D-Day Beaches and are not to be missed during…

Saint Malo, France – The Corsair’s City

Saint Malo, well known by history’s buccaneers, hosts a famous harbour and is the first Breton city to border with Normandy. It offers a wide range of things to do and see, a huge historical heritage and bright nightlife, events, and festivals for any age and taste. As with the last city I will write about…

Le Havre and Honfleur, France – The Seine’s Mouth

Le Havre was 85% destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt again in a no-frills way, without ornaments. It has received many disapprovals, but despite this, the centre of the city (created by the architect Auguste Perret) has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. This city does not have many tourist attractions but its position,…

Étretat, France – Monet Was Right on the Mark!

Ready to load everything into the car and go to another amazing destination? This coastal area will leave you astonished and you’ll be left wanting even more. If you rent a car it is easier to decide last minute which direction is the right one to experience. Every wild seaside or fairy port has its…

Saint Valéry sur Somme, France – The Pearl of the Bay

Pop in to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme and you will be transported back to the Middle Ages. This village was conquered by the French, the English, and the Burgundians during the Hundred Years’ War, and presents different styles: the Medieval section reveals an extraordinary historical heritage and conserves its medieval character, with narrow alleys, fortified gates, the battlements and Saint-Martin’s church,…

Montreuil Sur Mer, France – An Oxymoron

  The village I am presenting to you is a really small, nearly impossible to find if somebody doesn’t tip you off to its existence…but because I am here to give interesting tips away, I want to share it with you. Montreuil Sur Mer is a perfect destination for a relaxation day. Even Victor Hugo  mentioned…

Dunkerque, France -The Craziest Carnival Ever!

Craziness, colours, tradition, music and…fish are the elements to realize the perfect Dunkerque Carnival. According to the legend, the first Carnivals were started by ship-owners, who celebrated with feasts and dances before the departure of fisherman leaving for six months of cod fishing in Iceland. Since 1676 this celebration doesn’t seem to have changed a lot:…

Lille – Bienvenues Chez Les Ch’tis!

Lille is a key point on the road through Paris and Bruxelles;  it is an academic city and the capital of Ch’ti culture . The Ch’ti  is the language of Nord-Pas de Calais region, originating from the langue d’oil picard.  It is dissimilar from french: a word like broom, translatable as serpillére, is wassang in Ch’ti. This city is famous for the beer and for carbonade…