France is mainly associated with its vibrant culture, fashion-industry, attractive cities and the beautiful southern landscapes. For some reason, the north of France is often ignored, seen by many people as geographically too close to Belgium and visually to close to England to accept it as properly French. Guess what? Ignore them! The north of France, particularly Nord-Pas-De-Calais are absolutely stunning!
The people are very friendly and open and try their best to communicate with you even when you speak only the remotest French. Additional to the well known, french culture of drinking red wine and rosé, the north also has great varieties of beers and ciders (probably influenced by the Belgians around the corner). We spent a couple of days in Wissant and we had one of the most relaxing holidays imaginable. The seasonal food (especially the mussels) are fresh and delicious. The weather is rough but perfect if you enjoy hiking in rather Scottish circumstances. The villages, such as Audresselles, Ambleteuse, and Wimereux are beautiful, calm, not overcrowded by tourists and promise stunning (photographic) shots and again: great food. Especially for those traveling on a budget, spending a few nights in one of these villages could be a great option.