Picardy

Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Picardy
Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

The town of Rue in Nord pas de Calais, Picardy, bears a certain anonymous obscurity with cunning fortitude in the Somme River basin half way between Montreuil and Abbeville. Like so many French settlements, Rue has beauty, sophistication and a special place in the history of France. I stumbled across it when I was writing […]

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Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Picardy
Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Compiegne in Picardy, Hauts de France to the north of Paris is a vigorous, busy town. Its periods of victory and defeat though, still lie beneath the skin. It is a beautiful city surrounded by peaceful countryside, an attractive place to stop at, visit and reflect on the past with many places to hold the visitors […]

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Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Art and Artists, Picardy
Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Auvers-sur-Oise in Picardy, northern France, needs little introduction as the last place that Vincent van Gogh lived and painted in 1890, during the last seventy days of his life. Located northwest of Paris; a mere 30 minute train ride to this quaint, picturesque artists’ village, it is here – that if only for a brief […]

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Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

Written by on March 26, 2015 in Picardy
Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

St. Quentin in Picardy is home to many outstanding architectural features including an extraordinary, medieval basilica that can be seen from miles around in the Picardy countryside says Bob Lyons as he visits this quintessential French town… The Basilique Saint Quentin is imposing and dominating and bears the scars of Great War damage that occurred […]

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Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Picardy
Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

I have travelled extensively by car in France over the last twenty five years. As I approach a new town or village that I am not familiar with, I am always confident that I will not be disappointed. The suburbs can sometimes be a little dull but the ‘centre ville’ will always be a shining […]

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What to see and do in Amiens, France

Written by on April 23, 2014 in Picardy
What to see and do in Amiens, France

Often identified by the spire of France’s largest cathedral from the autoroute, Amiens deserves a detour. A day out offers history, shopping, good food and literary links. For some, Amiens is a name on the map midway between the Channel ports and Paris. For others, it’s the first stop in ‘real’ France away from the […]

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Le Crotoy on the Somme France

Written by on April 14, 2014 in My French Life, Picardy
Le Crotoy on the Somme France

It was a lovely spring weekend in the north of France, just perfect to indulge in the national French pastime of visiting a brocante… France is famous for its second hand markets, bric-a-brac markets, marchés aux puces, braderies and vide greniers – flea markets are known by several names and they are held in all […]

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