Picardy

Les Hortillonnages, Amiens

Written by on May 25, 2020 in Picardy
Les Hortillonnages, Amiens

It’s not often that I’m lost for words. Some say if there was a medal for talking, I’d win gold. But, when I went to Amiens and discovered les hortillonnages, I was dumbstruck. How had I visited before and missed this incredible natural treasure of the city? Apparently many people miss it, but if you […]

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15 best things to do in Picardy

Written by on April 7, 2020 in Picardy
15 best things to do in Picardy

Picardy is a department in the Hauts-de-France region (formerly Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy) which borders Paris. It’s one of those places that visitors often leave off the radar, however it offers a huge variety of things to do from gorgeous beaches, captivating castles, historic cities, Champagne vineyards (yes Champagne vineyards that aren’t in Champagne!) and more… […]

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The Champagne vineyards of Picardy

Written by on March 5, 2020 in Picardy
The Champagne vineyards of Picardy

If you thought Champagne only comes from Champagne – think again. There are Champagne vineyards in Picardy! It might surprise you to learn that the vineyards of Château-Thierry in the Aisne department of Picardy, Hauts-de-France account for a whopping 10% of AOC Champagne production… Wines and Champagne of Picardy The Aisne department is between Paris […]

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Guide to the Chateau de Chantilly

Written by on February 21, 2020 in Museums and Châteaux, Picardy
Guide to the Chateau de Chantilly

Though France has plenty of Chateaux that impress, wow and take your breath away – some are more special than others. The Chateau de Chantilly in Picardy, a short journey from the centre of Paris, is one of them… Potted history of the Chateau of Chantilly Castles have stood for many centuries on the site […]

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What to see and do in Gerberoy, Picardy

Written by on January 1, 2020 in Picardy
What to see and do in Gerberoy, Picardy

A classified “plus beaux village de France”, officially one of the prettiest villages, Gerberoy has oodles of charm. Think cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings dripping with roses and wonderful views over the lush countryside. Gerberoy is in the Oise department, Picardy, northern France, on the border of Seine-Maritime, Normandy. It’s one of the smallest towns in […]

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Art and Gardens Festival Amiens

Written by on July 15, 2019 in Picardy
Art and Gardens Festival Amiens

From the middle ages, Amiens in Picardy, northern France, has been famous for its hortillonnages. This is the name given to the market gardens which line the network of nine waterways which run through the city. These watery arteries give Amiens a unique atmosphere. You really have a feeling that you are in the most beautiful […]

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Saint Quentin, Picardy

Written by on February 18, 2019 in Picardy
Saint Quentin, Picardy

A plethora of museums, parks and marvellous architecture make Saint Quentin in Picardy a fabulous destination for a day trip or weekend break. It also makes for a great base to explore the surrounding area. Saint-Quentin lies between Calais and Reims in Champagne and was founded by the Romans. During the middle ages it was […]

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What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Written by on February 11, 2018 in Picardy
What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Amiens is a great place to spend a weekend. It’s an introduction to French life in a northern French town that has a long history and much to offer visitors. We take a look at some of the top attractions in the city. Maison Jules Vernes Amiens was once home to the great French writer […]

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Guide to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Picardy, Hauts de France

Written by on July 18, 2017 in Picardy
Guide to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Picardy, Hauts de France

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is located at the heart of the Picardy coastline nestling gently at the mouth of the Somme. The town is charming, authentic and has a rich history. Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme – a rich history William the Conqueror stopped off here to collect soldiers en route to conquer England and Joan of Arc was held here on […]

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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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