Roundtrip Bergues to Wimereux
Near Alembon
When we leave Bergues we drive along a first channel. Today we will drive or cross a few small canals. Immediately the route takes us along rural quiet roads. We stop a few times to take some pictures of the beautiful landscape.
Wimereux is a good place for a lunch stop. This coastal town has a few restaurants. From here we follow the coast for a bit. In the distance you have a view of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Just after the roundabout where we leave the coast, we visit the Fort de la Crèche.
The Fort de la Crèche is a coastal battery of the Séré de Rivières, the construction of which was completed in 1879. It is located near Wimereux, in the Pas-de-Calais at the tip of the Pointe de la Crèche. It is built on the remains of a Napoleonic defense system consisting of Fort Terlincthun and a sea fort, opposite the tip of the promontory, of which only the foundations are left.

A little further we pass the Terlincthun British Cemetery.
The Terlincthun cemetery remains an 'open' cemetery after the war, taking over isolated graves and graves from places where maintenance is difficult to achieve. Terlincthun contains the 4,378 remains of British, Indian and Canadian soldiers - of which 3,380 are identified - as well as more than 200 fighters of other nationalities: Russians, Poles, Americans, and even some German prisoners of war. The tombstones of these soldiers are distinguished by their shape and the inscriptions. A spherical tombstone with an orthodox cross for Russian soldiers and a pointed stone with a wide-armed cross for the Germans.
The same cemetery contains the remains of 46 pilots of the Royal Air Force, who fell in September 1918 during a bombing of the German air force.

We drive further to the Colonne de la Grande Armée. The column of the Grande Armée or the Colonne Napoléon is a memorial column that was erected in Wimille between 1804 and 1823. Work by the architect Eloi Labarre, it is 50 meters high. A statue of Napoleon Bonaparte with his back to the sea and his enemy, England, stands at the top. You can visit and climb this monument.

From now on we drive further inland through the rolling landscape with beautiful views. They remain quiet little jobs that also look good. In Wattendam you can stop for a coffee break.

We continue our way to the starting point in Bergues. Those who still want and / or have time can visit this fortified town.
Bergues, surrounded by ramparts and canals, is overshadowed by the silhouette of its belfry. This belfry, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List, has a carillon of 50 bells! At the top of this building, visitors have a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. You can also visit the old Saint-Winoc abbey, with a square tower, a pointed tower and a garden.
Bergues has become famous throughout France thanks to the film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis.
Near Rebergues
Fort de la Crèche
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Fort de la Crèche
Terlincthun British Cemetery
Colonne de la Grande Armée

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