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    Travel to Picardie, France's historic north

    By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

    Our Editorial team's advice

    It is important to know that in this region the climate isn't exactly the same between the coast and inland. Swept by the currents of the North Atlantic, the temperatures on the Picardie coastline are higher than in its interior, but the winds are also stronger and the weather more unpredictable.
    Therefore, the coastline and the Baie de Somme in particular, with its vast beaches and strong wind, is the perfect playground for fans of outdoor sports like sand sailing, kite-surfing and flying a kite, be it in spring, summer or autumn. The latter season has the added advantage of being able to boast beautiful scenery with magnificent colours in the forests of Thiérache and the park of Marquenterre.
    Although nature is very present in this region and will delight all those who love to go on walks and hikes, the historical heritage alone is reason enough to come discover Picardie. History has left many marks on this land.
    Don't miss visiting Laon, with its cathedral and medieval city, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens and the Château de Chantilly. Those who enjoy cultural heritage tourism, which is becoming increasingly popular, will find that Picardie is full of possibilities, such as the Chemin des Dames (or 'Ladies' Path) and the Caverne du Dragon, which bear testimony to the First World War that deeply marked the region.
    For a less serious and more fun visit, Parc Astérix will satisfy both the young and old with its many attractions based on the famous French cartoon character. As for the park of Marquenterre, it offers the opportunity to learn about ornithology and observe the flocks of migratory birds reassembling in autumn.
    To be enjoyed on the spot or brought back with you, 'ficelles de pocardie' (a savoury crêpe), Amiens macaroons, speculoos and Maroilles (a type of cheese) will satisfy the cravings of visitors famished by the great outdoors of this land divided between the land and sea, located just one hour by train from Paris.

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    What to see

    Maroilles , Maroilles at a cheese seller's stall , France
    Maroilles
    Aisne Champagne , France
    Aisne Champagne
    Other specialties from the Aisne region , France
    Other specialties from the Aisne region
    The Somme, between land and sea , France
    The Somme, between land and sea
    Compiègne cake and picantins , France
    Compiègne cake and picantins
    Traditional mustard , France
    Traditional mustard
    Dulce de leche (milk jam) , France
    Dulce de leche (milk jam)
    The migratory birds of the Somme , The Somme, a hub for migratory birds , France
    The migratory birds of the Somme
    The five landscapes of the Aisne region , France
    The five landscapes of the Aisne region
    The forested Oise region , France
    The forested Oise region
    Marquenterre Ornithological Park , France
    Marquenterre Ornithological Park
    Museum of Art and Archaeology , A window display at the Museum of Laon , France
    Museum of Art and Archaeology
    Museum of Barbarian Times , France
    Museum of Barbarian Times
    Jean de la Fontaine Museum , France
    Jean de la Fontaine Museum
    Museum of Picardie , France
    Museum of Picardie
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