The underground 'town' at Naours has lasted for centuries and you can now discover its history and secrets. It is an immense maze of passages dug out of the limestone of the Picardy plateau (33 metres below ground!). This extremely well organised underground refuge is one of the largest in northern
This seaside resort expanded significantly with the opening of the railway to Paris in the early 20th century. The seafront villas and neighbouring streets became a 'Secteur Sauvegardé' (conservation area) in 1986. They are remarkable examples of Art Nouveau. Well worth a visit!
It is THE treasure of Amiens and a UNESCO World Heritage site - not to be missed! This impressive feat of (contemporary) technology was built between 1220 and 1288. It is one of the largest Gothic buildings ever constructed in the world. Notre-Dame de Paris could fit twice inside it (!)
Julian has a great stall in the Halles du Beffroi, market hall loved by Amien's foodies, this master cheesemonger is very keen to promote regional cheeses. Be sure to sample (+ take away) the famous Maroilles or one of his creations: Bray with linseed, Tomme with hay,… your friends will be impressed
Pippa Darbyshire, originally from England, has chosen to live in Noyelles-sur-Mer... to paint the Baie! Why not stop off at her café/gallery which has become a meeting place for locals and artists? Enjoy a cup of tea (and some of her famous carrot cake) and some gentle banter.
19th century farm buildings at centre of the village. This is the place to find out about flower growing: annuals, geraniums, chrysanthemums, perennials... Enjoy a tea-time treat based on flowers: marigold petal cake, nasturtium fritters, geranium flavoured madeleines!
Catherine welcomes you to her lovely garden (a real picture!). You start in the Land of the Rising Sun with a "zen" entrance planted with bamboo and weeping cherry trees... after which there are 10 hectares of borders, meadows and woods around an 18th century "country château".
If you want to sample one of the best 'gâteaux battus' (traditional local brioche) in the Somme, then come along to the Boulangerie de Francis (Fréville). He uses his grandfather's recipe - it's a family affair. And Francis' little secret? Using only natural ingredients.