Guidebook for Amiens, Somme, Picardy

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Guidebook for Amiens, Somme, Picardy

Food Scene

Best food and service along the canal with view of Cathedral
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Le Quai
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Best food and service along the canal with view of Cathedral
Large indoor market open everyday except Monday.
Les Halles du beffroi
1 Rue de Metz
Large indoor market open everyday except Monday.
French chain for meat lovers, American Wild West atmosphere, reasonably priced, great for families with kids (enclosed children's play area, gifts, coloring books...)
Buffalo Grill Amiens
French chain for meat lovers, American Wild West atmosphere, reasonably priced, great for families with kids (enclosed children's play area, gifts, coloring books...)
Small, simple with good food, reasonably priced
Le Baratin
19 Quai Belu
Small, simple with good food, reasonably priced
Nice atmosphere, good service, excellent food well presented
Brasserie de l'horloge
7 Rue des Sergents
Nice atmosphere, good service, excellent food well presented
Closest and best bakery around! closed on Mondays
Boulangerie Patisserie Mollet
45 Rue des Clabaudois
Closest and best bakery around! closed on Mondays
American theme, not the greatest food in town, but relatively inexpensive (especially plat du jour) and interesting environment with centrepiece a really Piper Cub-type aircraft hanging from the ceiling! Great for families. http://steak-easy.com/
Steak Easy Américan Food
18 Rue de Metz l'Évêque
American theme, not the greatest food in town, but relatively inexpensive (especially plat du jour) and interesting environment with centrepiece a really Piper Cub-type aircraft hanging from the ceiling! Great for families. http://steak-easy.com/
Restaurant chain specializing in grilled meats, outdoor terrace
Courtepaille
100 Route d'Amiens
Restaurant chain specializing in grilled meats, outdoor terrace
Nice atmosphere, easy to find, underground parking, next to cinema
Le Sept
7 Boulevard de Belfort
Nice atmosphere, easy to find, underground parking, next to cinema
closed on Wednesdays
Fortin Stéphane
35 Rue d'Amiens
closed on Wednesdays
Themed restaurant specializing in beer and northern France/Belgium menus. Best to reserve in advance evenings and weekends! +33 3 22 33 67 50
Restaurant Le Comptoir du Malt Amiens Sud
15 Avenue de Grèce
Themed restaurant specializing in beer and northern France/Belgium menus. Best to reserve in advance evenings and weekends! +33 3 22 33 67 50
The place for crèpes and other dishes from the north of France
Tante Jeanne
1 Rue de la Dodane
The place for crèpes and other dishes from the north of France
Popular with the locals
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La Brasserie Jules
18 Boulevard d'Alsace Lorraine
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Popular with the locals
Nice view over countryside if you have chance to be along rear windows. Closed evenings except for special occasions.
Restaurant L'Atelier des Jumeaux
109 Route de Rouen
Nice view over countryside if you have chance to be along rear windows. Closed evenings except for special occasions.
Located in the city center, a second outlet is also found at the train station
Subway
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Located in the city center, a second outlet is also found at the train station
Enjoy a cruise and dinner along the Somme - open March thru October
Le Picardie
Enjoy a cruise and dinner along the Somme - open March thru October
Located in the charming flowered village of Gerberoy, a pleasant 45 minute drive along country roads, Le Jardin Des Ifs is heartily recommended by our guests from Sydney, Australia, Phil and Yuli. The owners, Clementine and Pierre, welcome guests to their new restaurant using products from their own garden. They also offer a tearoom, a small shop, a cocktail bar, catering and banquet facilities and the possibility of touring their beautiful 16th century style garden which is dominated by yew trees ("if" in French). Workshops are occasionally offered on planting a vegetable garden, maintaining a rose garden or other topics. In addition, Clementine is from Sydney! Open 12 pm - 9 pm, closed Tuesdays, evenings by reservation only Tel 06 09 65 78 98. Closed for the season between mid-October and April.
Le jardin des ifs
3 Impasse du Vidame
Located in the charming flowered village of Gerberoy, a pleasant 45 minute drive along country roads, Le Jardin Des Ifs is heartily recommended by our guests from Sydney, Australia, Phil and Yuli. The owners, Clementine and Pierre, welcome guests to their new restaurant using products from their own garden. They also offer a tearoom, a small shop, a cocktail bar, catering and banquet facilities and the possibility of touring their beautiful 16th century style garden which is dominated by yew trees ("if" in French). Workshops are occasionally offered on planting a vegetable garden, maintaining a rose garden or other topics. In addition, Clementine is from Sydney! Open 12 pm - 9 pm, closed Tuesdays, evenings by reservation only Tel 06 09 65 78 98. Closed for the season between mid-October and April.
Simple menus, large portions, inexpensive. Popular with employees of surrounding businesses and factories, truckers, at lunch. Friendly staff.
LE GRILL D'ONCLE SAM
6 Rue André Durouchez
Simple menus, large portions, inexpensive. Popular with employees of surrounding businesses and factories, truckers, at lunch. Friendly staff.

Parks & Nature

Samara Botanical Garden & Archeological Park - nature trails, reconstruction and shows portraying ancient crafts, museum - great for young & old! Restaurant on site. @Samara_Parc http://www.samara.fr/
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Samara Arboretum
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Samara Botanical Garden & Archeological Park - nature trails, reconstruction and shows portraying ancient crafts, museum - great for young & old! Restaurant on site. @Samara_Parc http://www.samara.fr/
Be aware: Beaches along the coast here are stoney, not sandy. Great places to eat "Moules frites".
Plage de Fort-Mahon
Be aware: Beaches along the coast here are stoney, not sandy. Great places to eat "Moules frites".
Walled tree-filled park with children's play area at foot of Cathedral
Parc de l'Evêché
Walled tree-filled park with children's play area at foot of Cathedral
World renowned bird and animal sanctuary includes more than 200 seals
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Baie de Somme
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World renowned bird and animal sanctuary includes more than 200 seals
A trout fishing farm is a 2 minute walk from us. They provide you with a cane pole, and charcoal barbecues and picnic benches are located nearby so you can enjoy your catch! 3€ per fish, see more at Pisciculture de Prouzel
Pisciculture Prouzel
A trout fishing farm is a 2 minute walk from us. They provide you with a cane pole, and charcoal barbecues and picnic benches are located nearby so you can enjoy your catch! 3€ per fish, see more at Pisciculture de Prouzel
The “Coulée Verte”, a nature path more than 17 km long for walking, cycling and horseback riding is just a few dozen meters behind our home. You'll find it at the top of our street, just follow the pathway to the right under the bridge.
Coulée Verte
160 Rue du Général Leclerc
The “Coulée Verte”, a nature path more than 17 km long for walking, cycling and horseback riding is just a few dozen meters behind our home. You'll find it at the top of our street, just follow the pathway to the right under the bridge.
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Plage de Mers-les-Bains
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Dune, marshland & forest reserve composing one of France's largest bird sanctuaries, with hides for watching migrating birds, plus nature trails & cafe.
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Park Marquenterre
25bis Chemin des Garennes
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Dune, marshland & forest reserve composing one of France's largest bird sanctuaries, with hides for watching migrating birds, plus nature trails & cafe.
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Foresta di Compiègne
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Large open green around lake and streams criss-crossing park in the center of the city
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St. Pierre Park
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Large open green around lake and streams criss-crossing park in the center of the city
In the north of France on the Picardy coast, ride on a steam train around one of the most beautiful bays in the world, preserved in its wild state. Among marshes, salt marshes, willows and reeds, beside the sea and alongside the Baie de Somme, discover the delights of the Baie de Somme on board an authentic train of yesteryear like so many travellers on the sea-bathers' railway since 1887.
Railway Bay of Somme - Port Box Office
In the north of France on the Picardy coast, ride on a steam train around one of the most beautiful bays in the world, preserved in its wild state. Among marshes, salt marshes, willows and reeds, beside the sea and alongside the Baie de Somme, discover the delights of the Baie de Somme on board an authentic train of yesteryear like so many travellers on the sea-bathers' railway since 1887.
Famous gardens and home of impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, France. About 1h30 from us, many guests visiting Normandy stop there before arriving or after departing from our home.
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Fondazione Claude Monet
84 Rue Claude Monet
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Famous gardens and home of impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, France. About 1h30 from us, many guests visiting Normandy stop there before arriving or after departing from our home.

Entertainment & Activities

Equestrian Center, horseback riding possible with reservation
Les Ateliers Du Val De Selle
Equestrian Center, horseback riding possible with reservation
Beautiful building inaugurated by Jules Verne and others in 1889 housing 1-ring circus. http://www.cirquejulesverne.fr
Cirque Jules Verne - Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue - Amiens
Beautiful building inaugurated by Jules Verne and others in 1889 housing 1-ring circus. http://www.cirquejulesverne.fr
Base nautique de Loeuilly - Loeuilly canoe kayak
10-15 minute walk from us
Forest Aerial Adventure Park http://www.terrainsdaventure.fr
Terrains d'aventure - Accrobranche - Bungy Ejection
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Forest Aerial Adventure Park http://www.terrainsdaventure.fr
There's even an elephant! http://www.zoo-amiens.images-en-somme.fr/
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zoo di Amiens
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There's even an elephant! http://www.zoo-amiens.images-en-somme.fr/
LAND SAILING / LAND YACHTING / SAND YACHTING
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Ozone
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LAND SAILING / LAND YACHTING / SAND YACHTING
http://www.centre-equestre-de-picardie.ffe.com
School Riding And Pension Somme Equestrian Center De Picardie
http://www.centre-equestre-de-picardie.ffe.com
Terrains d'aventure - Accrobranche - Bungy Ejection
60 Allée des Cytises
Forest Aerial Adventure Park
The Coliséum is a multi-sport arena in Amiens, France. It is the home of the Gothiques d'Amiens hockey team. The center , open to the public, features two ice rinks and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
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Coliséum
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The Coliséum is a multi-sport arena in Amiens, France. It is the home of the Gothiques d'Amiens hockey team. The center , open to the public, features two ice rinks and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Shopping

Galeries Lafayette
12 Rue des Trois Cailloux
French chain for everything in electronics, books, music and film
Fnac Amiens
12 Rue des Trois Cailloux
French chain for everything in electronics, books, music and film
Largest bookstore in Amiens, also popular for stationary products
Martelle Book Store
3 Rue des Vergeaux
Largest bookstore in Amiens, also popular for stationary products

Arts & Culture

Its collections stretch from prehistory to the 19th century and form one of the largest regional museums in France.
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Musée De Picardie
48 Rue de la République
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Its collections stretch from prehistory to the 19th century and form one of the largest regional museums in France.
Visit the home of the world-renowned writer of adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. You can even plan a birthday party including a treasure hunt throughout the rooms! http://htl.li/XpXd302IR6u
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casa di Jules verne
2 Rue Charles Dubois
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Visit the home of the world-renowned writer of adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. You can even plan a birthday party including a treasure hunt throughout the rooms! http://htl.li/XpXd302IR6u
Living agricultural museum, great for kids! http://www.la-ferme-dantan.net/
La Ferme d'Antan
1 Rue de Revelles
Living agricultural museum, great for kids! http://www.la-ferme-dantan.net/
The modern Museum of the Great War (French: Historial de la Grande Guerre) located near the heart of the World War I Somme battlefields, is housed within a castle, the Château de Péronne, Tablettes in multiple languages located throughout the museum describe events before, during and after the war. Relax in the café or restaurant overlooking a beautiful pond.
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Museum of the Great War
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The modern Museum of the Great War (French: Historial de la Grande Guerre) located near the heart of the World War I Somme battlefields, is housed within a castle, the Château de Péronne, Tablettes in multiple languages located throughout the museum describe events before, during and after the war. Relax in the café or restaurant overlooking a beautiful pond.
Concerts, conferences, trade fairs...
Mégacité Amiens
Concerts, conferences, trade fairs...
Marionette theater for children, mix French with Picard dialect in the shows! http://www.ches-cabotans-damiens.com
Théâtre de Marionnettes Chés Cabotans d'Amiens
31 Rue Edouard David
Marionette theater for children, mix French with Picard dialect in the shows! http://www.ches-cabotans-damiens.com
Interesting objects, photos and uniforms from WWI
Musée Franco-Australien
9 Rue Victoria
Interesting objects, photos and uniforms from WWI
Leaving from the Amiens Train Station, tour the WWI battlefields and commemorative sites of the Somme
The Battlefields Experience
2 Rue des Cordeliers
Leaving from the Amiens Train Station, tour the WWI battlefields and commemorative sites of the Somme

Sightseeing

See graffiti written by Australian soldiers during WWI throughout the caves!
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Cité Souterraine de Naours
5 Rue des Carrières
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See graffiti written by Australian soldiers during WWI throughout the caves!
15th-century castle with guided tours of furnished rooms of different eras, plus park & rose garden. Along the way when visiting the coast.
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Castle of Rambures
8 Rue du Château
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15th-century castle with guided tours of furnished rooms of different eras, plus park & rose garden. Along the way when visiting the coast.
Dominique's cafe restaurant is a gathering place for those who seek to find relatives lost in the Great War, particularly Australians. Dominique has a database which apparently can lead you directly to their resting place. Food is so-so and prices are a bit outrageous, the trench museum has seen it's best days, but still an interesting stop.
LE TOMMY Café du Souvenir
91 Route d'Albert
Dominique's cafe restaurant is a gathering place for those who seek to find relatives lost in the Great War, particularly Australians. Dominique has a database which apparently can lead you directly to their resting place. Food is so-so and prices are a bit outrageous, the trench museum has seen it's best days, but still an interesting stop.
Chapel of Saint-Nicolas of Fossemanant, dating from the 17th century.
Fossemanant
Chapel of Saint-Nicolas of Fossemanant, dating from the 17th century.
Active port along the Atlantic coast, wander along colorful seaside lanes lined with shops and restaurants. Play at the Casino on rainy days!
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Le Tréport
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Active port along the Atlantic coast, wander along colorful seaside lanes lined with shops and restaurants. Play at the Casino on rainy days!
Between the town of Conty and Loeuilly, at the end of a grand avenue, are the remains, in brick and stone, of the old château of Wailly. It is easily accesible from the Coulée Verte, if you want to visit by bicycle. Building began about 1640 and continued to 1690. Built in Louis XIII style, in a semi-circular design. Around 1785, a new building was constructed next to the ruins of the old one. Most of the buildings were destroyed during the French Revolution. Only one 60 m long wing, Louis XIV dependencies and Louis XVI amphitheatre still survive. During most of WWII it served as a military barracks for approximately 150 German troops. In September 1944, General Bernard Montgomery established his general headquarters here for serveral days. Visit of grounds and chapel are possible between 1 July and 10 August from noon to 6 pm.
Château de Wailly
Between the town of Conty and Loeuilly, at the end of a grand avenue, are the remains, in brick and stone, of the old château of Wailly. It is easily accesible from the Coulée Verte, if you want to visit by bicycle. Building began about 1640 and continued to 1690. Built in Louis XIII style, in a semi-circular design. Around 1785, a new building was constructed next to the ruins of the old one. Most of the buildings were destroyed during the French Revolution. Only one 60 m long wing, Louis XIV dependencies and Louis XVI amphitheatre still survive. During most of WWII it served as a military barracks for approximately 150 German troops. In September 1944, General Bernard Montgomery established his general headquarters here for serveral days. Visit of grounds and chapel are possible between 1 July and 10 August from noon to 6 pm.
Château de Prouzel - Privately-owned castle currently in the hands of the mayor of Prouzel, descendent of original owner in late 1800's, who also farms one of the rarer sort of potatoe famous in Michelin restaurants throughout France. Main building built between 1669 and 1700, other buildings between 1760 and 1785. Beautiful view of the Valley of the Selle from the rear gardens. Free tours of the gardens from 14 July through 3 September between 10 am - noon and 2 pm - 5 pm. Adults 2€ children 1€ Visite gratuite des extérieurs du jeudi 14 juillet au samedi 3 septembre 2016 de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 17h. 2€ adulte, 1€ enfant Tel 06 82 80 75 59 or 06 07 67 24 02
Château de Prouzel
6 Rue du Château d'Eau
Château de Prouzel - Privately-owned castle currently in the hands of the mayor of Prouzel, descendent of original owner in late 1800's, who also farms one of the rarer sort of potatoe famous in Michelin restaurants throughout France. Main building built between 1669 and 1700, other buildings between 1760 and 1785. Beautiful view of the Valley of the Selle from the rear gardens. Free tours of the gardens from 14 July through 3 September between 10 am - noon and 2 pm - 5 pm. Adults 2€ children 1€ Visite gratuite des extérieurs du jeudi 14 juillet au samedi 3 septembre 2016 de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 17h. 2€ adulte, 1€ enfant Tel 06 82 80 75 59 or 06 07 67 24 02
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Château de Chantilly
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Château de Pierrefonds
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Castello di Coucy
Visit tomb of Jules Verne in one of the most beautiful Romantic cemeteries of France
Cimetière de La Madeleine d'Amiens
Visit tomb of Jules Verne in one of the most beautiful Romantic cemeteries of France
Center of Amiens, lots of shopping, tourist sites nearby (Cathedral, Horloge (Clock) Dewailly and Marie-sans-chemise, Tour Perret...)
Place Gambetta
Center of Amiens, lots of shopping, tourist sites nearby (Cathedral, Horloge (Clock) Dewailly and Marie-sans-chemise, Tour Perret...)
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Canadian WWI memorial
Commemorates the valor of the U.S. Marines who captured this area in June 1918. About a 2 hour drive from us. Visit the Chateau de Pierrefonds, which is along the route.
Belleau Wood American Monument
Commemorates the valor of the U.S. Marines who captured this area in June 1918. About a 2 hour drive from us. Visit the Chateau de Pierrefonds, which is along the route.
The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,246 missing British Empire servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave.
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Thiepval Memorial
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The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,246 missing British Empire servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave.
The impressive International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette, the “Ring of Remembrance” at Ablan Saint Nazaire, commemorates the memory of more than 580,000 men fallen in WWI of all nationallities, side-by-side.
Anneau de la mémoire - Mémorial international de Notre Dame de Lorette
The impressive International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette, the “Ring of Remembrance” at Ablan Saint Nazaire, commemorates the memory of more than 580,000 men fallen in WWI of all nationallities, side-by-side.
Wellington Quarry, today in the middle of the town of Arras, is a former underground quarry dating back to the Middle Ages and Roman times. During WWI New Zealanders in particular expanded the network of tunnels and rooms creating an underground city used by forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth, During the Battle of Arras 1917, it was used for the Allied offensive which was launched in the early hours of 9 April 1917 when 24,000 men surged out from their underground hiding places. Very emotional feeling at the exit.
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Carrière Wellington
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Wellington Quarry, today in the middle of the town of Arras, is a former underground quarry dating back to the Middle Ages and Roman times. During WWI New Zealanders in particular expanded the network of tunnels and rooms creating an underground city used by forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth, During the Battle of Arras 1917, it was used for the Allied offensive which was launched in the early hours of 9 April 1917 when 24,000 men surged out from their underground hiding places. Very emotional feeling at the exit.
Highest in France! Wonderful sound & light presentation shows how cathedral was originally painted - speakers placed around square offer spectators various languages - in 2016 Dec 1 thru Jan 1 at 7pm
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Notre-Dame of Amiens Cathedral
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Highest in France! Wonderful sound & light presentation shows how cathedral was originally painted - speakers placed around square offer spectators various languages - in 2016 Dec 1 thru Jan 1 at 7pm
Site of the first American battle and offensive of World War I.[
Cantigny American Monument
29 Rue du 28 Mai 1918
Site of the first American battle and offensive of World War I.[

Essentials

Between the A16 from Calais and our home, 10 minute drive, open Sunday morning, 24 hour gas pumps accepting credit cards
Intermarché Super
Between the A16 from Calais and our home, 10 minute drive, open Sunday morning, 24 hour gas pumps accepting credit cards
Biocoop Berche du Bio - find natural food and beverages, bio cosmetics, eco cleaning products, natural vitamins, fair trade and more
Biocoop Berche Du Bio
84 Route d'Amiens
Biocoop Berche du Bio - find natural food and beverages, bio cosmetics, eco cleaning products, natural vitamins, fair trade and more
Post Office 28 Rue du Général Leclerc, Prouzel 80160, France Open Mon,Wed,Fri 3pm-6pm; Thu,Sat 9:30am-12:30pm
Prouzel
Post Office 28 Rue du Général Leclerc, Prouzel 80160, France Open Mon,Wed,Fri 3pm-6pm; Thu,Sat 9:30am-12:30pm
Small local post office
Laposte
1 Rue des Écoles
Small local post office