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Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens April 26th 2019

Wednesday 24th April This morning we boarded our coach for the trip to Amiens for Anzac Day. We first went to the town of Corbie to find some lunch. Before the French Revolution Corbie was a very important place, with a large monastery which had been there for centuries. It was a centre for writing, transcription, etc. Most of the monastery has been demolished, but a large church which was once part of the complex remains. After lunch we visited the Victoria School in Villers Bretonneux, which was rebuilt by Australian soldiers after it was destroyed, along with most of the village, in 1918. Funds were raised in Australian primary schools (particularly in Victoria), and even materials were sent over. The school hall is lined with Victorian timber. The attic of one wing of the school ... read more
Anzac Day Dawn Service
Memorial at Le Hamel
Church in Corbie

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens July 5th 2018

It’s 8 am and I rollover for the first time, it’s pitch black and really, I don’t even know that it’s 8 am. I gently get out of bed so not to disturb Kirsten, I hear Kirsten say...not so fast there Mr. Stealthy. Woh, are you awake? Yep, we are leaving by 10 AM, you’d better be showered, fed, packed and loaded in the car or I’m leaving you like a bad habit. I’m thinking that sounds pretty strong coming from someone who doesn’t know where the car keys are........ I’m showered and down stairs having breakfast with Uli & Gudrun when Kirsten and Omi show up. No sooner than they sit down..... Claudia’s husband Tommy comes in. He just flew in from NYC and wanted to visit us before we left. We sat there for ... read more

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens April 16th 2017

Enfin... quand les gens dorment encore on peut y arriver !!!! Joyeuses Cloches à vous une fois de plus ! Pour ceux qui se posent des questions au sujet des hortillonages :: à quelques centaines de mètres de la cathédrale gothique, les hortillonnages d'Amiens sont un ensemble de jardins flottants sur un dédale de 65 km de canaux, au cœur de la cité amiénoise. Pour plus d'infos rendez-vous sur le site : Nous y avons fait une promenade de presqu'une heure en barque, durant laquelle on peut observer en cette saison des tas de petits et grands canards... des cannes couvant et des tas d'autres petits plaisir... Le quartier de St Leu a attiré notre attention aussi, quartier devenu une petite Venise du Nord parsemée de cafés et terrasses mais aussi de jol... read more

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens April 15th 2017

Deuxième visite d'Amiens depuis que nous voyageons en Pollux ! La dernière fois nous n'avions pas eu l'occasion de faire un petit tour dans les hortillonages, ce qui est chose faite maintenant ! Nous bénéficions d'un temps tout à fait ensoleillé et même très bon ! Mais notre petit passage à Amiens se fait aussi parce que nous venons sublimer à Pâques, le cadeau de Noël de Michiko : une smartbox : "rendez-vous gastronomique"... JJ y a déniché un restau deux fourchettes au Michelin et ce fut en effet une belle et bonne soirée... Merci à toi Michiko encore une fois... Un seul hic, le dessert était vraiment trop copieux... on est donc pas arrivés au bout... Pour que notre merci soit plus grand encore je commencerai par les photos de cette soirée... puis viendra la ... read more
Cadeau de Nöel sublimé en dîner de Pâques...
le menu

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens September 22nd 2015

Petit tour en Normandie… Un rendez-vous chez le toubib pour JJ tarde à se faire, alors pour que le temps passe plus vite, nous prenons le chemin des écoliers pour nous rendre jusqu’où ses forces nous le permettrons mais surtout jusqu’à la veille du prochain rendez-vous… Autant se distraire et se reposer quand nécessaire et passer son temps agréablement au lieu de se morfondre devant un agenda… C’est ainsi que samedi matin nous prenons la route direction la Normandie… Nous avions prévu une escapade en Bretagne mais le temps est trop court pour que chose se fasse…. Nous prenons alors une route qui m’amuse à cause des noms cocasses de certains villages… C’est ainsi que nous passons par : Wé, Mal Campée, Tournes, La Bouteille, Mon Plaisir et j’en passe… Nous arrivons dans l’après-midi dans les ... read more
La Somme, tout à côté du camping...
Mairie d'Amiens

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens May 10th 2015

This morning I checked out of my Bayeux hotel and hit the road. My first stop was the little seaside town of Arromanches which is in the middle of the Gold Beach, one of the beaches assigned to the British on D-Day. The Allies built an artificial harbor there that was affectionately called Port Winston. They were therefore able to land supplies even though the Germans had made the usual ports unusable. The extent of Port Winston is impressive and I could clearly see the remains of much of the old artificial breakwater (see picture). Next I visited Juno Beach which was where the Canadians landed and the Canadian military cemetery (see picture). We often forget the Canadian contribution to the war and the fact that they declared war on Germany two years before the United ... read more

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens November 29th 2014

Geo: 49.8939, 2.29424Compiegne to AmiensAfter a restful night's sleep, we were on the road about 10am, headed for Compiegne. At first, the day was overcast and foggy, but, by lunchtime, the sun had emerged, even though the day remained quite cold. We had an easy drive to Compiegne, where we spent some time exploring the roads of the forest (which was lovely – many of the trees retained the last of their autumn leaves, and the roads – narrow and untraveled – were covered in a carpet of yellow and orange). We drove to the top of one of the hills, where we could look down on the chateau 2km away.By now, it was lunch time. We found a bistro near the center of town and had a good lunch. After the meal, we toured the ... read more
The Armistice Clearning
Memorial to the dead (F-P War, WWI, WW2)
Tiny tank

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens June 17th 2014

Arrivederci Venice Already I miss the sounds of the gondoliers in the canal beneath our hotel window. In the morning we heard their easy banter as they prepared their gondolas for the day. Later in the day and in the evening, there was often the sound of a piano accordion playing and a tenor singing, “O Solo Mio” to rousing applause by the onlookers. There was always happy chatter and laughter from the constant flood of tourists being taken for their 40-minute ride around the canals. Our home for the past four nights has been the Hotel Lisbona, an old Venetian hotel with velvet wallpaper, tapestries and chandeliers. We were on the third floor and as these hotels don’t have lifts, it wasn’t easy getting the luggage, or ourselves up and down. This is definitely not ... read more
Stairs to our room.
Riolta Bridge
The market

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens June 7th 2013

I had bought a ticket to Amiens in advance. I wanted to go there to see the Amiens Cathedral, listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I had early departure (and cheap ticket) in the morning, but managed to have breakfast (it was scheduled at 7-30, I went there at some 7-20 or so); there was no milk and I had to wait about five minutes. The train to Amiens took an hour and twenty minutes and there were no cancellations or late departures as compared to Rouen. I walked without a map, saw an unusually tall and narrow building in front of the gare – it is called Tour Perret, a 27-storey residential skyscraper. I was looking for signs of the cathedral, and soon its arches showed up. The cathedral is the tallest of the classic ... read more
Amiens Cathedral

Europe » France » Picardy » Amiens August 5th 2012

Amiens was a city Terry always wanted to visit again after reading his favourite book 'Birdsong'. There is only one campsite and it was not good, expensive with even more expensive WiFi, therefore, we reduced our stay from one week to 3 days. The weather also was no longer good, more like an English summer. First opportunity though we were off to the city centre. 'Birdsong' describes the beauty of the canals built by the Romans alongside the River Somme. The heroes of the book fall in love there whilst travelling in a punt. You are no longer allowed to wander around these canals by boat so we had to take a tour in an electric powered punt, however, this was fantastic. The canals are built within very fertile soil and locals compete with each other ... read more
On the Amiens Canals
The Gardens alongside the Canals
Canal View

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