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Arrondissement d’Amiens

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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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  • Day2

    Eerst stop in France

    July 27, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Eerste stop gemaakt zijn nu op dit moment aan het uitzoeken welke pomp we moeten gebruiken om te tanken. Hebben tot nu toe erg veel regen onderweg gehad, het hardst regende het in België🇩🇪. Maar hier in Frankrijk🇫🇷 kan je zien aan de berm en landen dat hier al een behoorlijke tijd geen regen is gevallen, zij kunnen dit dus wel even goed gebruiken. Reis loopt voor de rest voorspoedig. Stef en ik hebben tot nu toe erg groot deel van de reis liggen slapen, maar beginnen nu wel een beetje hongerig te worden.🤤Read more

  • Day30

    World War 1 battlefields.

    August 20, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The battlefields of WW1 got very close to Amiens which was a city Germany wanted to conquer. The newly formed Australian Army was sent to that region, among others a little further along the front, to help defend Amiens.

    Our army in Europe consisted completely of volunteer civilians because our constitution of the time, prepared by our British rulers, forbade our real army from fighting on foreign soil so could not contribute when the mother country called for help from its Empire to fight the Germans.

    Within days of arriving in France midway through 1916, our inexperienced amateur army was thrown into combat by its British commanders, with a poorly planned attack on a very experienced, well prepared German army in the battle of Fromelles. This was my grandfather's initiation to combat, receiving a serious shell wound to the scalp the first day. That's about as close as you can get to having your service record stamped wounded in action instead of killed in action.

    Whilst gaining some ground that first day, one of the worst days in Australian army history, the next day they were quickly pushed back to where they started, making the brief attack a costly failure.

    In any case, the Germans were already planning to retreat their forces to the "impenetrable" Hindenburg Line.

    In 1918, after a change in power in Moscow, Germany was able to move troops from the Eastern front to the Western front for a new advance into France. The turning point came when Australian commander Lieutenant General John Monash devised an attack strategy to conquer Hamel in 90 minutes. Despite a set back of 20 minutes due to barbed wire not being properly destroyed by artillery, the objective was completed in 93 minutes, with minimal casualties and far more prisoners taken. This strategy became the model for 20th century warfare.

    John Monash was an engineer prior to the war with one of his projects being the construction of Melbourne's Outer Circle railway, better known to many of us by its current use as the Anniversary Trail from Fairfield to Oakleigh.

    After the war, he was given the task to build the Electricity Commission of Victoria, later renamed to the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

    I worked for the SECV for 15 years from the late 70s, mostly in their head office called Monash House. I had no appreciation whatsoever of John Monash. It is only in the last couple of years that I have learned of his achievements for Australia, Victoria and Melbourne. I now consider him to be the most underrated person in Australian history.
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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.Read more

  • Day1

    Besuch in Doullens

    October 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Am. Morgen geht die Fahrt nach Doullens mit Corinna in Ihrem Auto los. Gut gelaunt passieren wir die Grenzen Deutschlands und Belgiens um in Frankreich einmal Halt zu machen. Nette Bahnarbeiter halten mit uns ein Schwätzchen und das Bier ist natürlich sehr gehaltvoll. Den Abend verbringen wir bei der Korresponsentin (Ausrauschschülerin) von Cori in netter Gesellschaft und mit der großen Freude sich endlich wiedergesehen zu haben.Read more

  • 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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Arrondissement d’Amiens, Arrondissement d'Amiens

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