Dog walking adventures, Historic towns, Housesitting in France

Walking the Wall – Boulogne-Sur-Mur

First things first.  Oh, but the choices!  Then a decision.    

The seaside it is to be.  Well, that was the plan on leaving home base.  Until we arrived in Boulogne-Sur-Mur a city by the sea,  It is split in two with the new part down by the sea and up higher is the old part which is known as the Walled City.  As the squire drove further towards the old part, a car park was sighted, and that was that.  We were out of the car before the comment “We were going to go for a walk along the beach!” was completed.

Once out of the vehicle, it was time for Louie to let off some steam before we ventured into this fantastic looking walled city with its narrow streets.  Luckily there was a pathway and small park outside the walled city to use.

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Then there was the issue of finding a ‘Toilettes pour Femmes’ To say I am used to walking fast with legs partially crossed in search of a sign with the above words is an understatement.

Then: I see this and roll my eyes.  All very well for some and not so perfect for me!!

Male toilet outside of walled city1

We have found, after doing extensive travelling, visiting a cafe, will result in relieving one’s self and topping up the tank all in one visit.  The French are excellent with signage.  Though not so much with ones stating ‘Toilettes’.

Sitting outside in the sun with a coffee

Refreshed and feeling more relaxed it was time to check out this incredible walled city with its relaxing atmosphere.  Though I think the relaxing bit is due to visit the city in early spring, on a Friday afternoon, as opposed to a summer visit.  In summer I can imagine this place would be bustling and packed with visitors.  Another good reason for exploring in the off season!

Louie and Nellie outside the castle1

As we walked around the cobblestoned streets, quickly past more cafes, restaurants and the odd ‘trinket’shop, to where we thought was worth stopping at and exploring.  That was the magnificent castle with its moat. “The castle was built in the 13th century by Philippe Hurepel (1180-1234) …” read more about it HERE.

Looking down at the castle mote

 

After walking around the castle, sitting down and contemplating how these structures are still as large as life after so many conflicts are astounding.   Then just happened to look upwards and saw the sphere of the Cathedral, and that was the deciding factor in which way to go.  The usual question of “Is it going to be left or right?” did not have to be used.

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The Cathedral Museum, by all accounts, it is worth an hour or two of your time. Many museums we have discovered have an extensive collection of rare artefacts even more than the Louvre.  So, if you would like to do more museums and not into the major cities, then don’t discount small provincial towns, they do have a few hidden gems as we have discovered over the last three months. We weren’t able to do this museum or Cathedral as it was closed for some reason, plus we were running out of time.  It was another of those “we may come back” moments.

After absorbing what we did see of the magnificent Cathedral, we decided a walk around the wall path, with a few sit downs to ‘smell the roses’ would be fun before exiting this historic walled city.

Then it was time to head back to home base.

Have you explored a walled city?  Love to hear your stories. So, please leave a comment.

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9 thoughts on “Walking the Wall – Boulogne-Sur-Mur”

    1. Hi Debbie, yes so do I. I love to wander around and try and picture what it would’ve been like hundreds of years ago. Nothing back home like this, no doubt why I appreciate it more?

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  1. That looks like an amazing city! Exploring the waterfront or a historic city? It is a tough choice! We find it inpossible to visit museums with a dog in tow. 🙂 But then again, we prefer the outdoor views and entertainment usually.

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    1. Hi Liesbet, it was an amazing city. We are the same in that if it’s sunny we will be wandering around outside than inside. Museums are great when you need a break from the elements 🙂 Thanks for commenting. Have a fun weekend 🙂

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