Just next to Calais, there is a lovely beach surrounded rolling hillsides that are perfect for long walks.
On a sunny bank holiday Monday, we decided to head for the beach itself rather than the clifftops though.
It was such a clear day that we could easily see the white cliffs of Dover on the horizon, as well as the numerous ferries crossing the Channel.
Down by the water's edge, there is a wide band of sand but the pebbles up near the cliffs were what interested Sophie the most, as she was hoping to find some fossils in the rocks that have fallen down from the cliffs.
When our science teacher takes his classes on field trips to this stretch of beach, he always manages to find some so I knew they must be there.
We were all on a mission to see who would manage to find anything even vaguely resembling a fossil first !
It's often quite hard to tell what's a fossil and what isn't, but this looks like it could be one.
Sophie thinks this is a fossilised starfish or sea urchin - she could be right, but I have no idea !
There were lots of these stones with weird spirals and swirls on them.
Ahh, I bet there WAS a fossil here at one point !
Aha, that's more like it - an ammonite imprinted in the rock face.
This would have been a complete fossil if it hadn't broken in half.
This looks like a fossilised tentacle or fish bone.
Pierre got very excited when he nearly stepped on this one !
More tentacles or fish bones.
When we'd had enough of fossil-hunting, it was time to partake in the time honoured tradition of lobbing great rocks in the water to make the biggest splash !
Don't let go, Pierre (which is apparently what I did once when I was little and gave my mum a black eye ! Oops !)
I'm sure we'll be back another day to look for more fossils, now that we know they're there for the picking !