Walk through the village of upturned boats
• Walk through the village of upturned boats
In northern France, about ten kilometers from Boulogne-sur-Mer and fifty kilometers from France's largest passenger port Calais is a quiet fishing village Ekian, whose population does not exceed three thousand people.
On the territory of the village there is an area, entirely made up of houses with very unusual roofs.
At some point, it might even seem that raging in earnest Sea washed up on shore a flock of long-suffering-orca whale, distinguished by contrasting black and white color. However, if you take a closer look closely, you will discover inverted upside down fishing boat.
It turns out that the tradition of use as a roof over their heads have served their wooden boat hull exists among local fishermen for over a century. These days such a kind home draw in Ekian discerning travelers who adore the original beach holiday.
In the XIX century, the inhabitants of this small fishing village is often seen on the beach unusable old wooden boats. But instead of being put on the wood frames with holes, especially in need of money a family fishing boats turned into makeshift roofs for makeshift dwellings. The area in which there were such houses, called "Quartier des quilles en l'air", ie Quarter dangling in the air fins.
picked up on the seashore of the boat is first impregnated with resin to become impervious to moisture. Then prosmolonnye boat builders inverted upside down and used as a roof, the base houses constructed of wood or stone.
Items and household utensils of the poor fishermen were extremely small, so the interior of the fishermen's houses are extremely modest. Housing, as a rule, consisted of a single room, which ate and slept without exception, members of the family ...
Furnace in such houses used for heating and cooking. Natural sunlight was not enough, because the tiny window and a narrow doorway almost passed sunlight.
As a result of numerous bombings during World War II Quarter dangling in the air keel was virtually destroyed. The only surviving house of the pits for a long time housed the workshop of painter Paul Kristol. Today, the house belongs to a private owner and is closed to tourists.
While Quarter dangling in the air fins disappeared from the face of the earth by as much as fifty years, the tradition of building on the shore of the boathouse has never been forgotten in the fishing village Ekian.
The original houses have become one of the most important symbols of the region's history, so in the nineties of the XX century, local authorities decided to revive an unusual quarter "Quilles en l'air", built next to the beach today a series of "fishing" houses with improved planning, in order to attract Ekian local tourists and foreign tourists who prefer distinctive accommodation.
Equipped in accordance with modern comfort technology, new houses with dangling in the air keels are located almost on the same spot where once was the quarter of the poor fishermen.
Today, rental of a small house will cost about 323 euros for a week stay, while the more spacious "fishing" home will cost around 756 euros. You may also wish to relax on the French coast and spend a few delightful days in a unique boathouse village Ekian ...