Nord Pas de Calais
Nord Pas de Calais is a forested region with a huge coastline. The Channel Ports of Callais and Boulogne are in this area which is the closest part of France to England. The waterways feed into marshlands and there is much meadowland and hilly areas. In May 1994 the long planned and worked on Channel Tunnel opened in the Calais area linking France with Dover in England.
Departments and Main Towns
Nord (59) Capital: Lille, Pas-de-Calais (62) Capital :Arras
Lille is a bustling and commercial city of contrasts. The older part of the city has many beautiful old houses with intricately carved facades. Vauban designed the citadel in the eighteenth century and this is worth visiting. In the modern part of the city there are many new buildings which are of modern architectural interest.
Boulette fraîche de Cambrai
Carré du vinage
Crayeux de Roncq
Fromage de Bergues
Fromage fort de Béthune
Mimolette extra vieille (affinage)
Monts des Cats
Pas de l'Ayau
gris de Lille
Beetroot sugared which is a type of sweet
Coquille de Noël, bread with a buttery taste
Craquelins aux raisins - flour based crisp type pastry/bread
Craquelin de Boulogne - is a special Christmas pasty usually eaten after midnight mass
Crêpes à la bière - pancakes made with beer
Faluche - breakfast dish
Galopins - thinly sliced brioche filled eaten with milk with the addition of a beaten egg.
Gauffre - a sweet, soft biscuit with a "lattice work" effect on which fillings such as fruit, creams or ice-creams are place
Galette flamande a type of brioche with nuts - hazelnuts, almonds, egg whites and chopped orange rind.
Germinal - a combination of chicory and bitter chocolate used to flavour this dessert which is a type of mousse
Nieulles - from the town of Armentières - which are little dry cakes.
Pain boulot otherwise known as “quignon” which is a speciality bread
Pains briochés du Nord -a sweet tasting type of bread
Passe-pierre, seaweed which has been made into a condiment
Tarte à gros bords du Boulonnais which is also known as tarte au papin which is a type of flan
Channel Tunnel links England and France and the TGV runs from Paris to Lille.