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THERE are several routes from London to Paris.
a. By Folkstone and Boulogne. 255 m., 91 hrs.
b. By Dover, Calais, and Arras (or Calais to Boulogne). 283 m., 11 hrs.
c. By Boulogne or Calais direct from the Thames. 10 hrs. voyage.
a. By Folkstone and Boulogne. This is the quickest route.
and many others. Pavillon Impérial, the grandest botel, is dis-
passing travellers. PARIS.)
A town of 40,251 Inlab., on the mouth of the Liane, a small stream. The harbour, a tidal creek, is mainly artificial, and is approached between two long wooden jetties, which make a pleasant walk. It dries at low water. The town has long been frequented by English, and is perhaps more English in appearance than any on the Continent, but in the summer many French families also come to bathe here. It consists of the Old Town, on the hill, surrounded by walls, which serve as a promenade, and the New Town, which is near the harbour.
Travellers not pressed for time may visit the Musée in the Grande Rue, the Cathedral, and the Promenade on the walls in the upper town, and look at the house in which Le Sage, the author of Gil Blas, died. The Cathedral, in the Haute Ville, crowned by a high dome, is in the modern Italian style, begun in 1827, and not yet finished (architect, the Abbé Haffreingue): beneath it is a crypt of the 12th cent. There are 4 Protestant churches. The Etablissement des Bains, on the shore close to the pier, is a handsome building in the Renaissance style, with Assembly and Reading-rooms : on the beach below are many bathing-machines for both
Here and in the neighbouring ports Napoleon collected his flotilla for the invasion of England in 1804, and erected the Colonne Napoléon on the heights about 2 m, from the town to commemorate the event. The Val Denacre forms a very pretty walk.
Merridew, Rue Napoléon, has a good Library, French and English
Boulogne to Amiens The Railway Station is on the opposite side of the harbour, in the Faubourg de Capecure, where there are several manufactories. The Railway to Calais-same stat. as that to Paris-crosses the harbour and passes under the town in a tunnel.
The Paris line at first follows the valley of the Liane; strikes across the hills, penetrating them by a tunnel, through the forest of Hardelot. It then passes a region of sand-dunes, and emerges on the wide estuary of the Canche, leaving on the rt., on the opposite side of the bay, the 2 tall lighthouses at Etaples, a decayed port, and then over a flat to
Montreuil Stat. : the town, of 3655 Inhab., is at some distance l. of the Rly., and is principally known to Englishmen through Sterne's • Sentimental Journey.'
The Rly. runs parallel to the coast, crossing the Canche; the sea is not seen, being bounded by a high range of sandhills, until it