One of the things I love about doing what I do is the flexibility it gives me to work how I want to – hence living in France right now and…how I could “trade” a work day and we could head out exploring! We went to Amiens a month or so ago for the huge brocante that is held every year but yesterday we went to explore some more hidden treasures!

Amiens has an extensive network of waterways and islands that goes back to at least Roman times, believed to have been gifted by Caesar no less to the citizens of Amiens. It makes a truly delightful way to spend 45 minutes peacefully being punted round the waterways – The Hortillonages – by a boatman, looking at the floating gardens, wildlife, fishing ponds, homes and other boats.

And then we went to Saint Leu which is a delightful waterfront area with a lovely mixture of old buildings and a bustling array of restaurants and bars. We sat and enjoyed a carafe of rose right by the river with views of Saint Leu and across the River Somme to the Cathedral. It was great and I’d love to return here in the evening especially when the evenings are darker as it must be so pretty all lit up.

And we rounded things off with a visit to Jules Vernes house…so a lovely visit all round! Amiens is a great city to explore, right on the Somme and in the heart of Picardie. Oh, some great shops too but I didn’t shop this time!

Karen xx