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Do you feel the urge to travel just like characters from Jules Verne's books? Do you like to discover new places that you have never seen before? In this case you might find it interesting to visit the city where this famous writer lived and wrote his legendary books. This region is a well-known tourist destination, and if you have never visited it before make sure you explore the northern part of France at least once.
The history of Amiens dates back to the time when the Ambiani people settled this territory. This was one of the principal tribes of Gaul that liked the beauty of this area. In a short period of time, new dwellers built their camps near the bank of a river. This was just the beginning. The territory of modern Amiens attracted many invaders, so there were many fights for this region. Amiens was an attractive target because of a beneficial location between two big cities, namely, Paris and Lille. In other words, Amiens was an excellent starting point for every ruler who wanted to ambush the capital.
However, Amiens turned out to be a hard nut to crack. Local people joined their forces and could survive in numerous battles, not letting enemies to completely destroy their home city. Many historical landmarks of the past have survived until our days, retaining their original look. This is one of the reasons why tourists from all over the world visit this part of the country to admire local attractions. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Despite the fact that there were constant battles in Amiens and neighborhoods, the city always managed to recover. Nowadays, this is a large center of metallurgy, machine building, and food industry. Besides this, this region is famous for its textiles and shoes. That being said, local factories do not ruin the beauty of this place. It is ultimately pleasant to take a walk in boulevards with long avenues and rows of lindens. This is particularly true about the period of linden blossom when the enchanting smell of flowers fills the air.
Local restaurants hospitably open their doors for guests of the city in order to offer their best delicacies and specialties of Picardy cuisine. The menu is quite diverse, so tourists have many dishes to choose from. Consider trying duck meat pate, foie gras, and locally produced sausages. Without a doubt, local seafood also deserves the attention of tourists. Local seafood is fresh and comes directly from the Somme Bay. For dessert, consider trying cake with delicious Chantilly cream.
Amiens is not a large tourist center, so this is a fabulous destination for everyone searching for deep relaxation and calmness. This pastime will help you to rejuvenate and restore peace of mind. You can visit an artists’ garden, the local zoo, and make a pleasant and memorable boat ride in the local river. Green gardens that grow very close to water will add romantic charm and mystery to this ride.
Amiens Cathedral is the iconic landmark of this city. This is the tallest complete cathedral in France. Architects tried to make the cathedral as tall as possible so that it could reach for the heavens. The design of this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic style. Step inside the building to see a precious relic – a part of the skull of John the Baptist. Pilgrims from all over the world visit this cathedral to see the relic and believe in its healing power.
Renowned writer Jules Verne lived in Amiens for eighteen years. His family also lived together with the famous writer of adventurous books. Nowadays, the house of the writer has become another landmark of the region. It is now a museum where visitors can see handwritten letters of Verne, his belongings, various photographs, and other items that tell more about the writer and his life.
The Museum of Picardy is a wonderful place to see items from Ancient Egypt, antiquity, and West European artifacts. This is also a popular tourist attraction in Amiens. Internationally famous Jules Verne was the founder of this museum. During his life in Amiens, the writer did much for the development and well-being of his beloved city. Visitors can see masterpieces by El Greco, Frans Hals, Jean Chardin, Gustave Courbet, Jean Corot, and Puvis de Chavannes.
It takes only one hour to get to the beautiful and old city of Amiens from the capital. Simply buy a ticket to the train that departs from the Paris railway station. If you choose to drive to Amiens, head to road A16. The distance to the city is 150 kilometers. In Amiens, buses take passengers to all parts of the city.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Amiens
♥   Castle 'Château de Boves' Somme, 8.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Picquigny' Somme, 12.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Folleville' Somme, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Eaucourt-sur-Somme' Somme, 34.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rambures' Somme, 42.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Amiens
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Oise-Pays de France' , 81.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Vexin français' , 94.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Caps et marais d’Opale' , 98.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Scarpe-Escaut' , 101.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Haute vallée de Chevreuse' , 132.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Amiens and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée de Picardie' Amiens, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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