Calais

The English once occupied Calais, from 1347 to 1558. English kings secured it as a bridgehead, so England could conduct trade and military operations with the rest of Continental Europe. The place was captured by the Spanish in 1596, but it was later ceded back to France under the 1598 Treaty of Vervins. In World […]

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Dunkerque (or Dunkirk)

The Port of Dunkerque, also known as Dunkirk by the English, is located at the north of the Dover Straits. It is France’s third largest port, and the second French port for traffic to the United Kingdom. Just like the port of Calais and Dover, it has always played an important role in cross-Channel traffic. […]

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Saint Malo

If you’re looking for a family friendly jaunt to British budgeting woes, Saint Malo is a stunning city in Brittany, north-western France. Taking a Brittany Ferries crossing from Portsmouth overnight can get you there relaxed and rested, arriving in Saint Malo early in the morning. This leaves you with more than enough of time to […]

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