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  • The Somme - discover France on your doorstep

    Our featured region this month is the Somme in Northern France.  Bet you didn’t know that there was such a potent mix of history, seascapes, fishing harbours, unspoilt beaches, sports and activities around an hour’s drive from Calais. Typical is St Valery sure Somme, shown in our photo.

    I first visited this area by train when staying in Le Touquet, a little way up the coast, and I really liked Amiens, the main town, for its Gothic cathedral and surrounding square and its walkways beside the River Somme. Abbeville was fascinating for its World War II history and museums.

    For some reason I particularly remember seeing in Abbeville a monument to a 19 year old boy who was shot shortly before the Revolution for refusing to salute a passing member of the aristocracy. No wonder French people so value their egalitarianism!

  • Visiting Picardie in the Great War centenary year

    It is now one hundred years since the start of the the First World War - and Picardie is our region of the month as we enter a summer of ceremony and remembrance. We have chosen this area of Northern France not only for its historical sites and anniversary events but in its own right as a tranquil area of astonishing natural beauty with plenty to do and see for families, couples and solo travellers.