Trip Start Mar 24, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Flag of France  , Picardie,
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Headed off to Amiens about lunchtime just as the sun was threatening to come out.
I'd once again asked Natasha to take me on the "short route" so that I might get a few surprises along the way. Nothing too outstanding - just more interesting French villages.

When I reached the city centre many of the roads were blocked off and Natasha was having a pink fit as she was trying to get me to the Cathedral but I kept ignoring her instructions and going passed the blocked off roads. Eventually I came to a parking area, paid 2E into the machine before I realised that Sunday was free, and set off to walk back into town along the riverside.

The walk was divine and I definitely needed to work off two weeks of baguettes and camembert. My knee wasn't too thrilled with the cobblestones but I ignored any protests and enjoyed the sunshine.

As I got closer into the centre, I stumbled across an antiques market - in every street. It just went on for mile after mile - every street I turned down had a new batch of stalls and most of it was genuine furniture, or rusty bits from the barn, or original paintings and photographs. I was in heaven.

I wandered around for hours but resisted buying anything, knowing that I was already well over my luggage allowance and quite positive that I couldn't fit an armoire in my carry-on.

I got wonderfully lost but as the Cathedral dominates the high ground, all I needed to do was look up and follow the steeple to get my bearings.

I stopped at a coffee shop/ bakery with all their wares on display. I am getting very good at the point and smile method of selecting food. I recognised the word "salat" and as there was lettuce poking out of the bun, there was a good chance that what I had chosen was a salad roll. In fact it turned out to be a tuna, egg and salad roll. Bonus!!

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Kate Pegler on

I wish had gone with you into Amiens now - we would have had good fun and a laugh at some of the things for sale in the antiques market.

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