Well quite a lot actually.
We visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is the biggest church in France. Apparently two of the Paris Notre Dames would fit inside this one. (Maybe three now that the spires are gone!)
It was opulence at its best. We spent over an hour inside but still didn’t see everything there.
But this did catch my eye…
We walked through the canal area called Little Venice.
We found the local delicacy ‘gateau battu’ and ate it! Very light and buttery.
Visited the local puppet theatre. Unfortunately no shows happening during our time in Amiens.
Caught a bus out to Cimiterie de Madeleine. Described in the pamphlet as ‘romantic’. Didn’t have to time to see the grave of Jules Verne as the gates closed at 6:30pm and we didn’t fancy being stuck there for the night.
On Saturday morning we went to the local fruit and veg market where we saw this rotisserie. Underneath the chickens were roast potatoes dripping in fat and fresh herbs. Ian asked if he could buy just a couple of potatoes for us to taste. When the young guy found out we were Australian he gave us a bag of potatoes and chicken wings for free. Understandably we had to eat them straight away while they were still hot. Mmm! Mmm!
Took a canal boat trip through the ‘hortillonanges’. Lots of the towns fruit and vegetables are grown here.
Went to the house of Jules Verne. Climbed up into the tower to see all of the rooms set out like they were when he was alive. In one room was a map of the world on the floor on which he planned his novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.
And finally cleaned my shoes on the boot scraper still outside the homes in the area where we were staying.
So that was a snapshot of our Amiens.