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Amiens

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  • Day8

    Drive to Amiens

    September 9, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Got up got organised and caught an Uber to the Renault car pick-up centre. Morning traffic in central Paris is a disaster but we got there (roughly) on time. Car was ready and it only took about 5 minutes and we were ready to go. It’s brand new (I get to put the first dent/scratch on it, but won’t feel too bad as every car in Paris has at least 4 - one for each side). Orientation consisted of pointing out the fuel cap - I don’t think he had much faith in me as I hopped in the passenger seat as we went to head-off. Man it takes some getting used to driving a manual sitting on the left of the car, changing gears with your right hand, trying to remember to stay on the right side whilst negotiating peak-hour Paris traffic (which seems to last all day ☹️). First intersection that I had to turn at I put the wipers on instead of the blinker, and when trying to change from first to second, my left hand could find a gear stick so it just put the window down - we had only gone about 200 metres so this should be fun🤭. Anne said I “kangaroo-hopped” the car but she was totally wrong as I actually stalled it twice when I couldn’t find the gear lever). Anne was wondering if Renault had ever had an insurance claim within 3 minutes of a car being picked up. Streets incredibly narrow, and incredibly busy with cars just parking pretty much anywhere you shouldn’t. Sometimes the space between oncoming traffic on your left, and parked cars on your right is just a bit smaller than the car your driving - physics says it’s impossible, but you fit without hitting anything (or at least just keep driving without looking back). We finally got out of Paris (and though I tried hard not to, ended up on a toll road). We got to Amiens in time for a walk around. France likes its churches so Amiens has its own “Notre Dame”. More tomorrow.....,Read more

  • Day7

    Last Day in Paris

    September 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Still adjusting to the time change and we’re waking up pretty early. Took the metro into “Bastille” to have a walk through the biggest food market we’ve ever seen - fruit, vegetables, meet, fish, bread/pastries and other stuff we had no idea of🤔. I love panettone (an Italian sweet bread) you can usually buy only around und Xmas time. There was one that weighed about 25kgs - Anne only let me buy a small piece and then ate most of it!!!!. Lunch then back to do some washing at a local laundrette - needed a hand to translate how to work the machines and still got it wrong.

    Tomorrow will be an exciting day - pick up the car and then drive to Amiens. Hopefully remember to stay on the right side of the road and get out of Paris without running into anything....
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  • Day29

    Notre Dame d'Amiens

    August 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Paris is not the only city in France to have a Notre Dame cathedral. I've been told there are over a hundred of them. Whilst it is the most famous of them all, the one in Paris is not the biggest, even before the fire.

    Notre Dame Cathedral in Amiens is big, REALLY BIG, in fact, the biggest in France. It is about twice the size by volume as the one in Paris. It dominates the skyline from way out of town.

    Over summer, there is a light show projected onto the face of the cathedral, firstly an artistic exhibition, then a static display putting colour into each and every feature of the cathedral. It is an awesome display.
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  • Day5

    Amiens

    August 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    AMIENS.
    "Amiens ist eine Stadt in Nordfrankreich, die von der Somme durchflossen wird und für ihre gotische Kathedrale und den nahe gelegenen, mittelalterlichen Glockenturm bekannt ist. Geschäfte und Cafés säumen die schmalen Straßen des Quartier St. Leu und auf den Kanälen der Stadt treiben die schwimmenden Gärten ("Hortillonnages")."
    Klingt wunderschön, die Fotos dazu auch.
    Aber wir wären mal lieber nach Rouen gefahren.
    Wir hatten uns ja eigentlich extra heute für Amiens entschieden, da man dort eine größere Auswahl an Aktivitäten hat, wie z.B.: Im Bötchen über den Kanal fahren, rechts und links Blumen, Restaurants und Cafés (ein bisschen wie in Venedig) 🛶,
    einen Mittelalterpark besuchen oder in ein unterirdisches Städtchen.
    Das Problem war aber, dass ich mal wieder dringend auf die Toilette musste, wir aber keine finden konnten. 😟🚽🔍
    Also haben wir uns erst die atemberaubende Kathedrale ⛪angeschaut (sie war wirklich großartig) und dann weiter gesucht. Nach gefühlten 10km haben wir endlich eine Art Dixi Klo gefunden, welches sich selbst KOMPLETT ausspült.
    Lou sagte, dass ich mich beeilen und schnell wieder raus kommen muss, da ich sonst geduscht werde. Also stand ich extrem unter Druck, wie man dort die Hände wäscht, wusste ich auch nicht. Also wollte ich schnell raus, bevor das Wasser von oben kam. Doch leider ging die Türe nicht direkt auf. Draußen stellte ich fest, dass das Desinfektionsmittel im Auto liegt - also brauchte ich zumindest einen Brunnen. ⛲🤢
    Wir setzten uns noch etwas an den Brunnen und suchten im Internet nach dem Kanal, über den wir im Boot fahren wollten. Leider fanden wir es nicht. Und der Mittelalterpark war weiter außerhalb.
    Dass es das unterirdische Dörfchen ja auch noch gibt, hatten wir ganz vergessen.
    Also liefen wir noch etwas durch die Gassen und ihre Geschäfte und gingen dann zum Auto zurück.
    Auf dem Rückweg machten wir noch Halt in einem kleinen Shoppingcenter und haben dann gemütlich im Garten gegessen und lassen nun den Abend ausklingen.
    Morgen soll es regnen und stürmen.⛈
    Wir überlegen morgen beim Kaffee, ob wir trotzdem nach Rouen fahren.
    Ich würde dort sehr gerne den die Altstadt, den Uhrenturm und die Kathedrale sehen. Dort gibt es auch drei Shopping Center - man wäre also auch im Regen im Trockenen. ☔
    Aber bei Regen und Sturm zwei Stunden dort hin fahren, ist die andere Sache.
    Mal schauen, was der Tag so bringt.
    Morgen ist schon Freitag. Samstag müssen wir schon Wäsche waschen und Koffer packen. Schade, die Woche verging viel zu schnell. 🤔
    Und Montag lag ich ja zu 90% im Bett - den Tag müssten wir eigentlich hinten dran hängen, aber am Sonntag reisen leider schon neue Leute an. 🙄
    UPDATE: Ich habe eben mit Entsetzen feststellen müssen, dass der Kanal mit den Booten auf der anderen Seite des Parkhauses war. SCHADE 😟😤😢
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  • Day28

    Another travel day

    August 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Travelling by train is getting easier and far less daunting.
    Today, it was a very high speed Thalys, followed by a much slower speed French TER that would still put our trains to shame.

  • Day2

    Amiens

    October 16, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Am zweiten Tag verbringen wir Zeit mit der netten französischen Familie in Amiens und anschließend in Doullens . Ich treffe mich mit Marie- Christine aus der " mairie" um die Bande der Partnergemeinden Much und Doullens etwas enger zu schnüren.

  • Day37

    France Amiens

    July 14, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We left Amsterdam bright and early so as we could weave our way through the canals and roadworks, still took half an hour to go a couple of kms! On the way to Amiens we stopped off at Villars Bretonnoux and visited the Australian World War One memorial there. Man what an emotional place, we both had tears as we wandered the site. It is a very moving place and was quite damaged during the Second World War with the stonework showing many bullet holes. Beautifully looked after by the French.The connection to Australia is very strong in this village as the Aussie forces rescued it from the Germans and assisted in the rebuilding of the village after the war. We had lunch at the Victoria cafe, there are kangaroo symbols all over the place as well as other signage referencing Australiana. Onto Amiens, a delightful town that has canals and interesting old buildings in the town centre and has an enormous Cathedral at its centre. It is Bastille Day in France today so last night there was a huge fireworks display set to music which we watched with many thousands of French people. Was spectacular. Off today to explore and enjoy Bastille Day. Viva Le France!Read more

  • Day432

    Day 433: Etretat & Amiens Cathedral

    April 23, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    More driving today! First stop was just up the coast from Le Havre, a small coastal town called Etretat. Its main drawcard feature are large white chalky cliffs exactly like you get at Dover, though these are slightly smaller and probably a little less impressive. Still very cool though, and interesting to think about since the English coast isn't all that far away (though this is much further than the Dover-Calais distance).

    The town itself was quite cute as well, and seemed to be very popular. We'd arrived around 9:30 and by the time we left at 11 it was getting quite full. A few nice little streets, knick-knack shops and the like. But quite kitsch and touristy - nice to know that the French aren't above that after all, it's not all Chanel and macarons!

    Back in the car where we drove another few hours to the north-east, heading to the city of Amiens. This is home to one of the famous French gothic cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Amiens. It's obviously a World Heritage site, so we found a car park underground, left Schnitzel in the car and spent a couple of hours filming inside and out. We're getting pretty good at these, spotting the differences and so on. I do sometimes wonder whether it's necessary to have every single huge French gothic cathedral on the list though - maybe just the best one, or combine them or something. I dunno.

    Finished here, we headed to the outskirts of the city where we had our apartment for the next two nights. It was a loft studio located in the upper floor of a yuppie couple's terrace house. Aside from being let in, we had basically no contact with them. It was quite nice and freshly renovated, though up quite a few stairs!

    Not having any cooking facilities, we headed out to a nearby McDonalds for dinner! Very surprised to see a banner welcoming Australians to the McDonalds, and then realised that it was ANZAC Day in a couple of days, and this was in the Western Front area. What a coincidence!
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  • Day38

    France, Amiens

    July 15, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Had a lazy start to the day....slept in, breakfast late. Had planned on just walking the main sights of this lovely city. We had been told by the concierge to take a boat trip to "Des Hortillages" - floating islands that have been formed from peat bogs some 2000 years ago. These islands are now small plots with a small house and large veggie garden - they really are quite amazing. You travel on a flat bottomed barge type boat through little canals that weave their way through the islands. No roads, no cars, and incredibly quiet given they are right in the middle of the city. From there we strolled to the house Jules Verne lived in for 18 years. It's not open to public, there is just a sign telling you that where he lived, from there on the La Cirque, a beautiful old building that had copped a bit of damage in the war and has been rebuilt and is still under going works today. Amiens was apparently a key target of interest to the invading forces in both wars and most of the buildings have received damage. There is a fabulous museum building, not open to the public that had significant damage, was rebuilt, and is now undergoing major renovations. It's a pit we couldn't go in, it looked pretty impressive. We had a pretty lazy day, finishing off with drinks no dinner by the river. Off to our next stop, Dinan, where we are out of hotels (yay!) and have our our cottage for a week. Can't wait.Read more

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