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The weather was dull and overcast. We drove through the rolling countryside overlooking the Somme River to Amiens.

The outstanding feature of Amiens is its cathedral. It is the biggest Gothic building in France. It was begun in 1220 and was completed in 1269. The west front of the cathedral was original coloured and in July and August the cathedral is lit up with an evening sound and light show which would have been interesting to see but wrong time of year! However, without the show the west front was highly decorated and impressive. Inside the cathedral was also light and airy with some good stained glass windows and beautiful coloured sculptures.

We then walked through the quartier St Lieu a network of canals and cottages which was once the centre of Amiens textile industry. At the edge of the city, the canals still serve as waterways for the hortilonnages- small market gardens and we enjoyed a walk along one of the canals.

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