For a flavour of France at the lowest possible price, come and stay in Le Touquet or nearby in Stella Plage. So close to Britain that you can travel here in daylight, even from the North, and yet totally French.
You can use your time here to explore the coast, with its miles of broad sandy beaches and acres of sand dunes.
You might wish to visit the Bagatelle theme park or the exciting pool complex of Aqualud, right on the sea-front in Le Touquet.
Along the coast, Boulogne offers its attractive mediaeval quarter for you to explore and also Nausicaa - the giant aquarium where you can watch sharks swimming above your head.
A short drive inland from Le Touquet brings you to the site of the Battle of Agincourt. Further afield, but well within range of a day trip, are the battlefields of the First War and the beautiful city of Bruges.