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A lovely apartment, very clean and tidy, with plenty of equipment that you will need. (You will need to take your own bed linen, loo roll, towels, bin liners etc but iron, hair dryer, kitchen equipment, board games are all there). Gaetane, the lady who does the handovers is extremely friendly and helpful. She spoke good English and gave us lots of information when we checked in. Later in the week when we needed some tickets printing she let us email them to her and she printed them and brought them over to us which was above and beyond the call of duty but very much appreciated.
There are shutters / Black out blinds on the windows which were great for our daughter.
The beach is about 1km away which is close enough to walk for adults but best to drive if you have kids (there is free parking at the beach). The sand dunes are beautiful. The beach itself stretches for a number of kilometres - you can see right along to the next village which is about 1km away and is on the same stretch of beach. The old German bunkers provide an interesting historic perspective to the area.
Carrefour supermarket is a 2 minute drive away. Also a good base for trips over the border to Belgium. We went to Bruges (45minutes away) and Ypres (30minutes away). There is also a children’s theme park and water park just a 15 minute drive away (in Belgium). For Plopsaland we foundo that using the option to pay in Sterling was significantly cheaper than paying in Euros.
The town instelf isn’t beautiful but it’s a nice area with plenty to do and the apartment is lovely.
Imagine walking to a humongous beach through a quiet village. The temperature is around 70 to 80, the sun sets in summer after 10 PM and the ice cream is waiting. Use the various beach entertainment such as the "Char a voile" or explore the 4 huge dunes with multi trails (Trail map at the tourist center where you can rent a bicycle.) Or walk the beach up to La Panne in Belgium, where the mussels are king at the restaurants and the fries are the best in the world, and accompany them with one of the 400 beers made in Belgium. Or let the kids build a sand castle in which they seat in while the rising tide assault it. Or investigate the multiple defenses built in the 1600s in the multiple villages around Dunkerque or the bunkers left over from WWII, or the mill in the highest point around Cassel with it's steep little streets at less than an hour drive. Or visit Bruges in Belgium at only 40 miles. The list goes on and on. Experiment with local cuisine: The potchlsvlech (Orthograph not guaranteed), a mixture of meats in incredible jelly, or the mussels sold in EVERY restaurant for a small price, or fish you probably never tasted, like ray wing. And of course, and especially, walk over the small grocery store to buy the breakfast baguette made fresh every morning warm and with the famous crust. (If you want to be bold, accompany it with one of the various French cheeses.) Or stop at the bakery for one of the scrumptious cakes ( look for the word 'patisserie'). And all this is available within a walk or a short drive from a very comfortable and quiet house with all the comfort. Definitely our best vacation.
Almost everybody in France drives a compact car and the various hatchbacks are quite spacious. Bigger cars are not practical to visit the great little villages. Make sure the rental has a GPS or bring your own. Make sure also your smart phone has international call that can be turned on for a modest price and sometime for free.