Embracing the French-Belgian border
Heading as far north as possible and stopping only once it reaches the North Sea, OUIBUS will take you to Dunkerque, or Dunkirk in English, the last stop in France before Belgium. Take in some of the industrial history of Dunkirk with a stroll beside the water in this working port city. Next, head towards the city centre, and admire the architecture designed by Jean Bart. The 15th century belfry is classed as a Unesco world heritage monument, and, along with the Hotel de Ville is a great example of typically Flemish style architecture. Next, you’ll be ready to discover some Flemish style food. If you feel like trying something less well known than the ubiquitous moules-frites, try the carbonade flamande, a dish of beer simmered in dark beer which is very typical of the area.
When it comes to art, Dunkirk has a particularly good offering of museums and galleries. There’s the LAAC (a “centre for contemporary art and action”) and the Museum of Fine Arts which is set to open in a new venue in 2016. Whatever you’re interested in, from antique statues to contemporary art installations, via decorative arts and local history, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and reflect upon among Dunkirk’s museums. These museums are situated next to the FRAC (regional contemporary art fund) for the Nord Pas-de-Calais region, where around 1,500 works of art are exhibited. From January to March a whirlwind of colour and music takes over the city during the Dunkirk Carnival.
And to really recharge your batteries with a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air, the beach is just a stone’s throw away. Let OUIBUS show you the beauty of the coastline at Dunkirk.