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Côte d’Opale
Côte d’Opale

 
 
End of February my son Tim and I went for a short trip to the French coast. We stayed at “le Pharanou”, a nice chambre d’hôtes (bed and breakfast) in the small village of Ambleteuse. In wintertime a very chill place to be but in summertime far to crowdy for us.

The coastline between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer is photographically, biologically and geologically very interesting. Nice beaches – some sandy, some with pebbles – nice cliffs – like Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc Nez (the place to be for searching for fossils) and there are some nicely shaped rock formations.

The weather conditions varied enormous. When we arrived, there was a persistent fog which lasted for over a day and was only blown away by a vivid storm. So, the first couple of days were very grey, as you can see in the pictures. Finally the sun came out, so we ended with some colours, although in backlight the images almost turned black and white.

Most of the time we spend at the beaches near Ambleteuse because of the photographic possibilities. We also spend some time at Cap Blanc Nez because of the fast, sandy beach (at low tide), because of the fossils and because of the joyful sound of the Kittiwakes who nest on the cliff.

I will give you an impression of our trip by showing some pictures and a small poem. I hope you will enjoy it.
 
 
 
 

struggle for life


 
 
 
 

cracks and stones


 
 
 
 

 
 
raging storm
thundering waves
the grinding sound
of rolling stones

pebbles on the beach
 
 
 
 

emerging rocks


 
 
 
 

flown


 
 
 
 

whipped cream


 
 
 
 

surfing rocks


 
 
 
 

desert at sea


 
 
 
 

blasting sand


 
 
 
 

patterns


 
 
 
 

sunset


 
 
 
 

thundering waves


 
 
 
 

rolling stones


 
 

 

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