I was too, despite the fact that it faces Kent (where I was born) and south-east England. So the other week my partner and I decided to string together a few days’ itinerary with one criteria – that we stay within an hour’s drive south of Calais.
Why just an hour? Simply to take advantage of its closeness to the UK, as well as minimize time on the road (always important on a short break). We avoided Boulogne as we’d stayed there previously, and concentrated instead on the distinctive towns of Montreuil, Le Touquet and Wimereux.
Sure, the weather can be mixed, even (especially) in late August: in fact, we witnessed every season, from hot, bright sunshine to autumnal-style drizzle and even a sweeping, majestic sea storm.
The one constant, however, was the endlessly big sky, and sometimes astonishing light on the horizon. Opal, indeed.