Le Gris Nez
Cap Gris Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais département in northern France.(Literal translation grey nose cape in English, from colloquial Dutch Grizenesse, grey headland; officially the Dutch name was Swartenesse to set it apart from the Blankenesse, white headland, to the north; compare other headlands in -ness)
It is between Wissant and Audresselles, in the commune of Audinghen.
The cliffs of the cape are the closest point of France to England – 34 km (21 mi) from their English counterparts at Dover. Smothered in sea pinks and thrift, the cliffs are a perfect vantage point to see hundreds of ships, from oil tankers to little fishing trawlers, plying the waters below. On a clear day, the emblematic white cliffs of Dover on the English shore can be seen.
All galleries listed below are shot in Le Gris Nez.
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