Hello, I'm Katia !

48 years old, I live in LILLE

Local resident in northern France 

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If you are in search of something a bit more unusual, i know all the hidden secrets to keep you off the tourist track. I can even help you on your WW1 family history pilgrimage.Whether you want to discover something new, live like a local, try the regional specialities in one of our top restaurants, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to share my suggestions with you and make your life easier ! 

My insider tips

Discover Arras

Arras completely assumes the demands of elegance and French art de vivre. I recommend that over the course of a weekend you truly plunge into the heart of its history and heritage. Climb the bell tower to admire the view over the Artois plains or go down into the bôves or caves, to discover the British soldiers’ living conditions during the Great War. Hotspot, have a drink on a terrace in place des Héros in exceptional surroundings, just perfect after visiting the underground passages. Arras knows how to transmit this message of peace among all of us. Here, luxury is taking time to Live!

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Immersion in the Flemish Art de Vivre

The must is to stroll through the cobbled streets in the Vieux Lille : esquermoise, Grande Chaussée, Basse, Masurel, de la Monnaie streets.... Hand in hand to lead to different  shops that will please to Mrs. Want to have a drink in a trendy store concept? See you at La Biche et le Renard, rue de Gand. To finish the evening direction the bars with a cosy and hushed atmosphere: the Dandy,  rue Basse or the Jaja, rue Saint-André, unless you prefer the Monde Moderne, rue des 3 couronnes? The cocktails are served in copper glasses. So Chic! 
 

 

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Visit Le Touquet

During your stay, don’t miss a trip to the market or a visit to Canche lighthouse, where you can learn about the history of lighthouses as well as that of Le Touquet-Paris Plage resort. A must-see for art-lovers is the museum in the heart of Le Touquet forest, in a 1930 dwelling  then named Villa Way Side. The museum houses more than 800 works by regional artists.  
Le Touquet is a dynamic town with a year-round program of activities and cultural, sporting and fun events of all kinds, including cycling, sand-yachting and horse-riding. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage is truly a resort for all seasons.
 

 

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Anneau de la Mémoire à Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

The Ring of Remembrance

Close to the battles of Artois, I invite you to take another look at the centenary of the Great War, because in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, it is no longer a question of nations, allies or enemies. With the ring of Remembrance, one of the greatest memorials in the world, it is 500 sheets of metal on which are engraved, in alphabetical order, without distinction of nationality, rank or religion, the names of  579606 soldiers now combined Forever in a common humanity. Here the quiet seizes the visitor. I recommend you climb the hill on foot, from the parking  of the  memorial 1418 in Souchez, before entering the ring, it takes 15 minutes before arriving on the plateau and when the night goes down, the impression is even stronger.

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Meet the fish mongers

 

In Boulogne-sur-Mer, I highly recommend that you make a stop on the quays to meet the fish mongers who sell fish fresh off the boats because here, fishing is not just folklore! Nausicaà will transport you to the ocean’s fascinating world and the discovery of fish from the entire planet. Lovers of old stones won’t want to miss a visit to the high city: its fortress-castle, now a museum, its ramparts, its bell tower and its typical streets or, a must-do in my opinion, its basilica which houses the largest crypt in France! No fewer than 200 years of history are yours for the taking; I’m certain you won’t be bored.

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Stretch the legs in Arras

Arras completely assumes the demands of elegance and French art de vivre. I recommend that over the course of a weekend you truly plunge into the heart of its history and heritage. Climb the bell tower to admire the view over the Artois plains or go down into the bôves or caves, to discover the British soldiers’ living conditions during the Great War. Hotspot, have a drink on a terrace in place des Héros in exceptional surroundings, just perfect after visiting the underground passages. Arras knows how to transmit this message of peace among all of us. Here, luxury is taking time to Live!

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Discovering the local produce

With its top chefs, prize-winning beers and fine Cheeses, Around Louvre-Lens destination is an amazing food destination. The master chefs really know how to work with the local produce. To fully appreciate this region has to offer, I recommend the beers made by Vincent Bogeart at the Saint-Germain Brewery, they are a must. Do stop off at the Arras market on Saturday morning, time permitting to breath in the smell of the fine cheeses.

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Meeting a passionate

For me, if there was one must do to really get under the skin of the destination, meet Dominique Gall, a painter who captures the various animals and birdlife of the region. He is a passionate birdwatcher and environmentalist who organised the Festival of Animal Art in Montreuil each year.

 

 

Dominique GALL
Rue du Clape-en-Bas
62170 Montreuil-sur-Mer

+33(0)3 2186 2575
+33(0)6 3360 0488

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My favourite outings in Calais

When you come to Calais, there are places that are simply unmissable; unique and spectacular, they're just perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. I love the Grand Site of the 2 Capes, a classified Grand Site de France, is imposing, refreshing, and the view it offers of the sea and the White Cliffs of Dover is simply magnificent: perfect for an intimate stroll hand-in-hand along a scenic hiking trail. If you would like to meet some locals, there's nothing like a visit to the Channel, one of the city's cultural hubs, where you can enjoy a truly excellent glass of wine in the building of the former abattoirs located at the port. I also recommend seeing the view from the top of the magnificent belfry of Calais, with its bird's-eye view of the Bourgeois de Calais by the famous French sculptor, RODIN, and its panoramic view of the sea. You won't be sorry!

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I have been working in tourism for the region for over 16 years and have an excellent knowledge of sights and things to do that you will love! I’m a culture lover and would love to share all  my inside knowledge with you. I can create personalised itineraries based on your wishes to ensure you get exactly what you want in your precious time.