Day Trip – Amiens

Another early morning for a French excursion! This time to Amiens, we took the train from Gare du Nord to Amiens, which took about 1h45mins and cost about 30€ return, considering everything we visited in Amiens was free (being under 25 and, for now, a member of the EU).

We headed first for the all important coffee and croissant to start the day right, and then to the Tourist information centre to pick up a map and guide. Then, we visited the Amiens Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage sight, being the biggest Gothic church in France. It actually looks a lot like the Notre Dame in Paris, inside and outside.

Next we walked down to the Somme river, and walked along the banks to the Quartier Saint Leu, the ‘Venice of the North’ as described in the guide. In the summer, you can take a boat trip to the floating gardens which looks like it would be a great visit, however being November, these visits had finished.

We stopped for a lovely lunch, then headed back through the town centre (via a few shops) to the Maison Jules Verne. This is the house that the author (famous for writing Around the World in 80 Days amongst others) lived for much of his life. The house provides an interesting guide describing the life of Jules Verne, and there is lots to look at including all the different book covers, a replica of his ship, and a map of the Around the World in 80 Days voyage.

After that it was time to get back on the train and head home, leaving time for a cup of tea and another pastry of course!

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