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Picardy

Majestic cathedrals, picture postcard scenery and poignant modern history

A combination of flat and gently rolling terrain, and possessing a quintessentially French atmosphere, Picardy is said to be the crossroads of France due to its proximity to Belgium in the east and Paris in the south west. A picturesque region, it has a feeling of immense space and boasts some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.

The best known part of Picardy is the Somme, an area synonymous with one of the most devastating battles of the First World War. Many trenches and cemeteries remain as both a reminder and a warning of the desolation that conflict brings. Also in the Somme is Amiens, a lively city that lays claim to the largest, and arguably the most impressive, Gothic cathedral in France, as well as Le Crotoy with its fine, sandy beach – the only south-facing one in northern France. St Quentin in Aisne features some wonderful art deco buildings, as well as a beautifully maintained garden and park, named ‘Champs Elysées’.

History enthusiasts will love Picardy, exploring the Great War sites and admiring the architecture in between walking or cycling through lush green countryside.

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