Saint Valery the medieval city

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A short post for a day visit of the medieval town of Saint Valery (pronounce Saint Valry) with my sister and mother.

Motivation

Staying in France for the week in the summer my mother proposed to my sister and me to go for a day to the sea side. I haven’t been to my regional coast for years and search for some alternatives to Le Touquet that I know by heart. On several forums the city of Saint Valery was mentioned. It was underlined that the city has had a role in the France and British history when Guillaume le Normand went to conquered the British island.

Guillaume Gate

Guillaume Gate

I was also seduced by the fact the city is presented as a medieval place, and knowing I am in love with Tallinn and Senlis, two aged town, I couldn’t resist to see it!

A modern highway

I was driving the family car to the Côte d’Opale, the road is easy and the sky not bad. We made a stop at a pretty good resting area, we could observe birds and nature!  A path is going into the flaure and a café terrace is standing by a pound that ducks enjoy!

The city

We arrived in the town along the river and entered by the market square. City was busy and tourists were walking everywhere, making it complicated for me to cross the centre. We parked at a parking on the gate of Never and then walk by the river in the market. Many craps were on sales, but I wasn’t surprised.

Authentic old town

Authentic old town

We found a restaurant with view on the river, from where it was also possible to see the city of Fort-Mahon! We ordered the typical sea food dish from the region: fries and mussels! It was not expensive but still near the perfection: both the taste and the quantity were high! I just complain on the beer, serve in a 20cl glass! French, really?

North's speciality

North’s speciality

The old town itself is very small, with some narrow streets and notable buildings such the church of .Saint Martin looking very old and the gate of Guillaume looking very small!

My sister insisted for having a boat ride on the Somme river. We got a place on the last departure of the day and were on the water for 40 minutes. That went fast but was enough to learn about the special eco-system and history. We even saw a sea lion, she was famous and known to follow the boat when it is flowing around :)

Gate of Nevers

Gate of Nevers

Spa and pizza

Leaving Saint Valery we drove to Quend plage to spend couple of hours in a spa and swimming pool complex. We actually only stayed in the pools, one having waves! Exhausted we concluded this day by resting in a pizzeria and having a walk on the beach, before getting back in the car to go home.

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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