• France,  Markets,  Routes

    A Short Christmas Markets Trip in Northern France

    If you are considering booking a last minute Christmas Markets trip but don’t want to travel too far into Europe, here’s a route that you could cover in a long weekend if you’re happy to take the ferry or Eurotunnel and drive to each destination. We plan each route starting in Calais, as it’s the place that most people will arrive in northern France, but you can use Google Maps to adjust your route if you use a different crossing. Start your trip by visiting Reims. Fill up on Champagne and enjoy the wide range of products available here! When…

  • France,  Markets

    Amiens Christmas Market

    Firstly, it’s important to point out that we visited Amiens Christmas Market on a cold, rainy, Monday morning in early December… so it’s fair to say the Christmas spirit was somewhat dampened for this particular trip, after we’d spent the previous evening in Reims. However, the stalls lining the streets were beautifully presented and festively decorated, which added a cheery element to an otherwise gloomy day! Amiens is one of the plethora of cities in northern France that boasts a jaw dropping cathedral, and we started our visit there. It’s within easy reach of Calais, meaning you could easily take…

  • France,  Markets

    Reims Christmas Market

    Reims is a city in northern France, and conveniently situated in the heart of the Champagne region! We visited the Christmas Market in 2014 on route back to the Eurotunnel after a road trip around northern Europe, as it’s a handy stopping point just 3 hours from Calais. We weren’t expecting too much from a Christmas Market in northern Europe (with the exception of Paris) but we were pleasantly surprised! There was an interesting variety of products on offer, many of them locally made. The first stall we came across was this one, a jeweller who made her creations from…