Arrondissement d’Amiens

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  • 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

  • Day62

    Battlefields of France

    September 3, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Where - Normandy Region of France
    Weather - mixture, some showers, some sun

    Leaving Belgium we headed to France and have spent the next few days in Brad's element - visiting the area where significant war time battles were held. It is not really high on my list of interests but I must admit I have a greater understanding of what happened here during WWII.

    Before we went to Normandy, we drove to Villers Bretonneux - a village in northern France that was totally devastated during WWI - and has special ties to Australia because Australian soldiers stopped a counter attack by the Germans (with significant loss of life.) Apparently, most of the soldiers came from Victoria and when the returned they asked all the schoolchildren to donate a penny to go towards rebuilding the school in Villers Bretonneux. They raised around £12,000 (a lot of money back then) and to this day the school is called The Victoria School and the sign above the school says " Never Forget Australia". There is a Franco-Australian Museum in the town (where the school is ) and just outside the town is the war memorial located on the site where the battle was fought. It is hard to believe that 100 years ago (next year, coincidentally on 25th April), the surrounding land was battle scarred when to look at it today it is peaceful farmland.

    We are staying for 3 nights in a little old fisherman's cottage in the town of Ouisterham (pronounced Wee Strum). We have the place to ourselves which is good for a change, even if it is a rather odd little place on three levels with narrow spiral stairs to the 2nd level and a kind of step ladder stair to the bedroom. Very quirky but it was fine for exploring the Normandy area.
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  • Day37

    Amiens Cathedral

    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Said to be the tallest gothic nave. First outside; then the nave. In the center, near the transept, is a labyrinth. The most distinctive thing here is the detailed carving. This is only a small sample. Then the famous weeping angel, though no one really knows the story as to why the angel is weeping. Finally, the supposed resting place of John the Baptist.Read more

  • Day31

    Villers-Bretonneux to cousins

    October 4, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Visited the war memorial. The village of Villers Bretonneux has a special relationship with Australia through war. The Australians fought to capture many of the towns, bridges, important vantage points all over this area of Northern France. Very moving, especially seeing graves of soldiers who were only in their teens.
    Then on up to cuddles with Willem and Annabelle xx
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  • Day37


    September 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    The part of the Somme is, or was, a wetland. It has been channeled and farmed for thousands of years. These pics are from a boat trip through the area

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Arrondissement d’Amiens, Arrondissement d'Amiens

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