Europe is full of wonderous buildings that include everything from glorious cathedrals to small cottages with sod roofs. Poor fishermen in Northern France developed a unique solution to build a home for their families prior to World War 2.
The village of Equihen Plage, is located in the coastal region of Cote D’Opale in Northern France. Located on the ocean, this was a well established fishing area in the early 1900’s. Over time, damaged boats would be left on
the shore to slowly succumb to the elements. The local fisherman took these abandoned boats and by simply turning them over, created an inexpensive shelter for their family.
The area became known as Quartier des Quilles en l’Air (the neighborhood of keels in the air). During World War II almost every upside-down boat home was destroyed. The local people wanted to retain this important part of their history and culture. They began restoring upside-down boat homes and even started building new ones.
Today over 3,000 people live ‘under the boat’. These wonderful upside-down boat homes include all the modern ammenities people have come to expect. Equihen Plage has become an ocean-side resort town in Northern France. Tourists can now rent upside-down boat cottages for their vacation. These charming shelters will be enjoyed by future generations and are preserving this area’s unique history.