Picardy or Picardie consists of just three departments, the Aisne (02) capital Laon, the Oise (60), capital Beauvais and the Somme (60), capital Amiens and this is also the regional capital. The southern part of this modern region, virtually all of the Oise department, was not part of the original Province of Picardy, it was added when the region was created in the 20th century.
The triangle between Paris, Amsterdam and London is of course the historic centre of warfare action in western Europe, Picardy is an area with a very interesting history indeed.
It was this region of France that witnessed some of the most famous battles of French and European history, notably the battle of the Somme and the battle of Crécy.
And in the course of the last 1000 years or so the area that is now the main part of modern Picardy was ruled over by the English, the Habsburgs, the Spanish and the French; I said it has a very interesting history indeed.
The Picardy or Picardie region consists of only 3 departments:
Aisne (02), Oise (60) and Somme (80).
Easy to get to by train from Paris Gare-du-Nord , or from Lille, Calais or Boulogne.
Easy to get to by car from the UK, cross to Calais, then drive down either of the motorways in the direction of Paris or Reims. The A16, the A26 or the A1 motorway, if you are planning to drive further south from Calais you will find yourself in Picardy within the first hour.
Beauvais has an airport with direct low-cost flights from the UK or Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport is just a few kilometres from the southern edge of the Picardy region.
The region offers a hearty and varied cuisine thanks to the abundant local crops and markets in the region of Picardy are very popular, they can attract the "foodies" from Paris and London who look for gourmet products like paté-de-canard from Amiens or the Flamiche leek pie which is my personal favourite.
A family favourite is 'chantilly' whipped cream from the town of Chantilly believe it or not! and you must try the delicious gateau battu whilst in Picardy.
It goes without saying that a visit to the famous attractions like "Parc Astérix" or "La Mer de Sable" are the best places to have fun for children and, dare I say it, adults alike but after all that excitement there is plenty of Hiking, walking, cycling and mountain biking, water-sports and Horse riding
Picardy is a region that is divided quite distinctly into two areas, the department of the Oise and Aisne, in the south of the region, are economically attached to the Paris region so property can be expensive. Towns like Compiègne, Beauvais and Chantilly form part of the outer circle of Paris so people can commute into Paris.
Amiens, the regional capital, is even close by commuter train for people working in Paris; you have to go out into the countryside and local villages to find the best property but when you get there the farmhouses and cottages of the region are lovely.
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