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Blessed by winds, if Wissant is a holiday resort for all kind of surfers,it is also the last grounding port in France, where fishermen sell their fish directly to locals as well as tourists. Sourced with thanks from Mincoin.com/Wisssant On the flat sandy beach at Wissant you may see the strange sight of a tractor driving out of the sea, dripping with water. This is how the fishermen launch their boats along this coast - in the old days, they used horses. Their small fishing boats are called 'flobarts'.They bob around on the waves in coastal waters, while their crew busy themselves catching fish. The name of "Wissant" comes from 'white sand' - how the French locals heard English holiday-makers describe it. This coast was very popular with English visitors in Victorian days, when steam trains and paddle-steamers made travel to the Continent easier. They loved the headlands and the dunes, and the fine salt spray of the Channel, and pretty little fishing villages, and sun and sea and sand and fresh air. When it was again possible to visit France from England after the Napoleonic Wars, English artists such as J.M.W. Turner came to this coast, attracted by the wild natural scenery and the colourful scenes of the local peasants and fishermen at work. The area still keeps its attractions - most of the land between Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez is protected coastland. The flat beaches are safe for children, and have the extra amenities of a "KID Station". A 19th century watermill is preserved and open to the public next to one of the town's hotels. It contains roller-grinding machinery about a century old. Sourced with thanks from The Other Side.co.uk/Wissant
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