We went to Calais for the day yesterday for my birthday. It was a flying visit-we were there for about four hours but we managed to cram in everything that we had planned. A walk to the beach, lunch and a little wine and cheese shopping. We also had time for some wandering around the town which gave me the chance to photograph lots of interesting details. Old Calais was mainly destroyed in the war, so most of the buildings date from after then. There are lots of informative signs around the place to tell you about historic Calais. The main square is being renovated, as are the grounds around the church. There was a demonstration taking place which the lady in the cheese and wine shop told us was related to the illegal immigrants in the area who are mainly trying to get to England. It was not to protest against them, rather to encourage everyone to get along.