Welcome to Calais

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Welcome to Calais

The city's proximity to England has made it a major port for centuries. It is the principal ferry crossing point between England and France, with the vast majority of Channel crossings being made between Dover and Calais. Companies operating from Calais include SeaFrance (currently in liquidation) and P&O Ferries. The French end of the Channel Tunnel is situated in the vicinity of Calais, in Coquelles some 4 miles (6.4 km) to the west of the town. Calais possesses direct rail links to Paris, 148 miles (238 km) to the south. More than 10 million people visit Calais annually.

From medieval times, English companies thrived in Calais. Calais was a particularly important centre in the production and trade of wool and cloth, which outweighed the costs of maintaining the town as part of England. In 1830 some 113 manufacturers were based in Calais and the St Pierre suburbs, the majority of whom were English. There are still two major lace factories in Calais with around 700 looms and 3000 employees. The town exports in the early 20th century were lace, chemicals, paper, wines, especially champagne, spirits, hay, straw, wool, potatoes, woven goods, fruit, glass-ware, lace and metal-ware. Principal imports in the early 20th century included cotton and silk goods, coal, iron and steel, petroleum, timber, raw wool, cotton yarn and cork. During the five years 1901–1905 the average annual value of exports was £8,388,000 (£6,363,000 in the years 1896–1900), of imports £4,145,000 (£3,759,000 in 1896–1900).

As a fishing port, Calais has several notable fishing markets including Les Delices de la Mer and Huitriere Calaisenne on the Boulevard La Fayette, the latter of which is noted for its oysters, lobster and crabs from Brittany. The Emile Fournier et Fils market on the Rue Mouron sells mainly smoked fish including salmon, trout, herring and halibut.

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Comments (12)

cjlin on November 6, 2012

Great depth. Well done. cjlin

bdeh on November 6, 2012

UItstekende opname Erik, op het juiste moment afgedrukt! Erg MOOI, groeten Berend

Nadia Kushnir on November 6, 2012

AMAZING PHOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LIKE!

Kevin Childress on November 6, 2012

AWESOME perspective ... how did you get there?!

Erik van den Ham on November 7, 2012

Thanks cjlin, Nadia, Kevin and Lynda I got there by boat (such a large ferryboat with several decks) I was on the top deck way above the sea. Thanks for all your kind comments.

Dank je Dina ... ik zag de bodem idd. niet! ;-)

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

Kevin Childress on November 7, 2012

Wow, that's a tall frickin' boat! :)

Looks like by helicopter. Whatever it takes ... great photo!

flyingdutchman on November 8, 2012

Hoe later op de avond, hoe schoner volk. Fantastische timing, Erik. Great shot.



Erik van den Ham on November 8, 2012

It sure is Kevin! Sky high!

Hmm kondig je tegenwoordig jezelf aan met een stukje onvervalste zelfverheerlijking FD? Al die schoonheid van U gaat echter wel schuil achter een camera.... ik onthoud mij van enig commentaar! Dank voor het de mooie waarderingen!

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

flyingdutchman on November 8, 2012

Werd wel gezegd in de (buitensporig grote) familie van mijn moeder als er een onverwachte gast opdook op een uur dat anderen zich naar huis begaven.

Erik van den Ham on November 10, 2012

Ken de uitdrukking hoor en zat je een beetje te plagen..... je wonderschone verschijning is hier op elk uur van de dag van harte welkom ;-)

hlegallais on November 10, 2012

Belle image, like, Hervé

Alexander Kuripko on June 17, 2013

Удачный снимок. Нравится. Привет из Украины, Александр.

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