I admit, Amiens wasn`t really on my radar as a French city to visit until Adam chose it as his first choice of placement for TAPIF. After some Googling, I agreed that Amiens was certainly a beautiful city and once he was accepted I knew I would have to visit Amiens at some point! For some reason we left Amiens until our last day trip of the Toussaint vacation…and I fell in love.
Amiens is absolutely gorgeous.
Located in the région of Picardy and the capitol of the Somme départment , Amiens is just over an hour north of Paris on the train. This little-known city is a very doable day trip from Paris.
Amiens`main attraction is the Our Lady of Amiens cathedral- it is the tallest completed cathedral in France (Beauvais` isn`t finished!) and has the largest medieval interior in Western Europe. The cathedral towers over the main square and is really breathtaking, with incredibly intricate carvings. The towers of the cathedral are open for tours- free for EU residents under 26!- but unfortunately the day we were there the tour guide was sick. We still had a great time exploring the inside of the cathedral- even finding a small memorial to both American and Canadian troops who defended Amiens during World War One.
After leaving the cathedral, we stumbled upon the most charming part of Amiens: the banks of the River Somme are crowded with shops and restaurants, giving Amiens a Venice-like quality- on a much smaller scale, of course! We spent the rest of the day exploring the river and admiring the distinct Northern French buildings.
Have you ever been to Amiens? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!