The Somme Valley means the slaughter of many soldiers during World War I. Here the Battle of the Somme raged. Today, the Somme is pretty countryside with abundant wildlife, a wetland estuary, lakes and woods for hiking or strolling. For a history of the Great War you can visit Péronne, the Park Memorial of Beaumont-Hamel near Albert and any of the preserved battlefields. The major site in Arras is the battlefield of Vimy Ridge where Canadians fought and died. Notre Dame de Lorette has the French National Cemetery. Elsewhere, there are memorials to the two Great Wars. Samara, however, records an earlier past. Samara’s attraction is the largest archaeological reconstruction in France of prehistoric dwellings.
Amiens is both the past and the present. The capital of Picardy, Amiens attractions include the natural Les Hortillonnages and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Hortillonnages are marshland gardens now protected. Notre Dame features a King’s Gallery of 22 statues a St. Firmin portal and exquisite choir screens. You can also discover more about Amiens history and culture by visiting the Museum of Picardy and the Museum of Hôtel Berny. For a delve into literary Amiens, go to Maison à Tour, the home of the author Jules Verne.
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