Hello, I'm Monia !

41 years old, I live in AMIENS

Short Break Advisor, Outings in Amiens

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Born in Corbie, a village, hidden away in the meanders of the River Somme, I now live in Amiens. I always enjoy sharing my local knowledge and ideas for things to do and places to visit.

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A sheer delight for your eyes and taste buds

You absolutely must stop off at the “Halles du Beffroi” (indoor market). I love nothing better than walking around looking at the stalls admiring and smelling the fresh produce. You can find the full range of local produce such as sea beans from the Bay of Somme, salt meadow lamb terrine, authentic “ficelle picarde” (a savoury pancake filled with cheese, ham and mushrooms), and my own personal favourite....cheese made in Picardy such as “tomme picarde au foin” and “bray picard”…!

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A bar in Amiens designed and fitted out in the style of Gustave Eiffel

If you feel like having a drink then head for Marott’ street. Located away from the Saint Leu area, the setting is both novel and inviting. The decor is inspired by Eiffel’s style with metal girders, glass roof, mosaics and panelling. An outstanding environment to enjoy a drink with a choice of cheeses or “charcuterie” (different pork products)…

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The treasures of Amiens Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral is a genuine treasure trove for me. One of the most notable is The Weeping Angel, a small statue known the world over. During the First World War, the only post card that could be found featured this cherub. Soldiers sent thousands of post cards of the Weeping Angel to their families to the four corners of the Commonwealth.
Amiens Cathedral is full of other treasures, historical stories anecdotes that you can discover together with a guide or alone with an audio-guide. Don’t hesitate to call in at the Tourist Office where I’ll be delighted to tell you more...

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Walking through Amiens hand-in-hand

For loving couples, I recommend a stroll through the streets of Saint-Leu heading towards the “parc Saint-Pierre” (park) followed by a romantic walk along the towpath on the water’s edge. Next up – I suggest a walk that’s somewhat offbeat...through a cemetery, the “Cimetière de la Madeleine” to be precise. It probably seems a bit strange to suggest a romantic walk in a cemetery, doesn’t it? Not really sure? You might well be surprised when you see Jules Verne’s grave...

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I love the charm of the streets which prevails in Amiens, an ideal setting for couples to walk hand-in-hand. The St Leu area is made for sedate strolling and if by following the towpath you can enjoy the delights of a walk by the water’s edge. I avoid crowds when the weather’s fine by walking in the “Cimetière de la Madeleine". It probably seems a bit strange to suggest a romantic walk in a cemetery, doesn’t it? But "la Madeleine" is also a rolling park combining a sea of greenery and romanticism where you’ll feel like spending time to explore at a very gentle pace. Visitors can discover the tombstones of the major historical families of Amiens as well as seeing Jules Verne’s grave.