I have been advised by my contact in Boulogne, John, that a good time to visit Boulogne is the weekend in early July when the have the Fête la Mer events. Normally this is around the same time as my mother’s birthday, so when if I am in France this time of year, I am normally down in the Charente for that. However this year, I just got the end of this festival. I did not really want to go over due to all the hassle involved with forms and tests, but I did have an important meeting with SFR to connect wi-fi internet access and TV to my house in Rue de la Providence. All now connected, so you don’t have to worry about internet access if you rent the house. And yes, I did buy some wine too (now limited to 24 x 75cl bottles = 18 litres. This is the new post B****t limit per person). I will hopefully review some of the wines that I bought next month, but this month, I will provide a few details about the Fête la Mer in Boulogne.
It is primarily a celebration of old long sailing ships.
These are moored in the port. For more information visit the page on the Boulogne sur Mer tourist website here.
As well as the boats, other events are held. Below are some images from that and other websites. Some may be from previous Fête la Mer events.
Too late to go this year, but assuming that it will be on the same weekend in 2022. I calculate that will start on Thursday 7th July. So why not think about booking for that weekend.
Discovering a new band, The Smoking Bones
In good weather, the bars expand their outside seating areas. The Vole Hole sets out additional seats one the other side of Rue de Lille, next to the Cathedral steps. And Le Bouillon also sets out more chairs, around the corner on Rue Guyale. And on Rue Guyale, there is a space to hold small concerts. And although I missed the main Fête la Mer events on the weekend, there were still other small events going on. And when I arrived during the week one events was on in Rue Guyale, hosted by Le Bouillon. They were a very good rock band called The Smoking Bones, playing their own songs, plus a few Led Zeppelin covers.
For more information about The Smoking Bones, go visit their website here.