Ahad, Januari 22, 2012

Town of Amiens - France Tour REVIEW

Amiens is a town and municipality of 136 000 people (2008) in the department of Somme in northeast France. It is strategically situated at the crossroads of European communication routes, two hours from London and Amsterdam- and less than one hour and a half from Paris. Amiens can benefit from its position at the heart of a key European region. The local economy suffered from the massive closure of manufacturing industries in the late 70’s but industry and agriculture are still important sectors of the city economy. However, these sectors lack the dynamism to ensure the necessary level of job creation. As a consequence, the employment rate (38%) is quite low as well as the number of people without qualifications, which is 11,5% in Amiens against 6,5% in France. Women, especially young women, are more likely to be affected by this situation because of the weakness of the services sector which usually employs the majority of the female workforce.  However, the services sector accounts for 66% of jobs in Amiens, which is lower than the national average. The diverse nature of the habitat is an obstacle as well. Nevertheless, since 2002 the progressive expansion of the services sector has allowed the start up of a higher number of women lead businesses.

The Battle of Amiens
The Battle of Amiens (also known as the Third Battle of Picardy (French: 3ème Bataille de Picardie)), which began on 8 August 1918, was the opening phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. Allied forces advanced over seven miles on the first day, one of the greatest advances of the war, with Henry Rawlinson's British Fourth Army playing the decisive role. The battle is also notable for its effects on both sides' morale and the large number of surrendering German forces. This led Erich Ludendorff to describe the first day of the battle as "the black day of the German Army." Amiens was one of the first major battles involving armoured warfare and marked the end of trench warfare on the Western Front, fighting becoming mobile once again until the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918.

The Treaty of Amiens
The Treaty of Amiens temporarily ended hostilities between the French Republic and the United Kingdom during the French Revolutionary Wars. It was signed in the city of Amiens on 25 March 1802 (Germinal 4, year X in the French Revolutionary Calendar), by Joseph Bonaparte and the Marquess Cornwallis as a "Definitive Treaty of Peace". The consequent Peace of Amiens lasted only one year (18 May 1803) and was the only period of peace during the so-called 'Great French War' between 1793 and 1815.[1] Under the treaty, the United Kingdom (UK) recognised the French Republic; George III had only two years previously dropped the English crown's historical claim, dating back to 1340 and Edward III, to the now-defunct French Kingdom. Together with the Treaty of Lunéville (1801), the Treaty of Amiens marked the end of the Second Coalition, which had waged war against Revolutionary France since 1798.

Amiens Cathedral
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens), or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Amiens (currently Jean-Luc Bouilleret). It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 km north of Paris.

The cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching a height of 42.30 metres (138.8 ft) (surpassed only by the incomplete Beauvais Cathedral). It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral, estimated at 200,000 cubic metres (260,000 cu yd). The cathedral was built between 1220 and c.1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.[5] Although it has lost most of its original stained glass, Amiens Cathedral is renowned for the quality and quantity of early 13th century Gothic sculpture in the main west facade and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

Top-rated hotels
1 Mercure Amiens Cathedrale 4.5 of 5 stars 125 reviews
2 All Seasons Amiens Cathedrale 4.0 of 5 stars 142 reviews
3 Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale 3.5 of 5 stars 160 reviews
4 Hotel Victor Hugo 4.0 of 5 stars 28 reviews
5 Hotel Restaurant Le Prieure 3.5 of 5 stars 40 reviews

Top-rated Beds and Breakfasts
1 La Maison d'Euphrasie 4.5 of 5 stars 36 reviews
2 Maison d'hotes Le Quatorze 4.5 of 5 stars 14 reviews
3 Chambre d'hotes "Les Trois Plumes" 4.5 of 5 stars 7 reviews

Top-rated things to do

1 Terres de Memoire Somme Battlefiel... 5.0 of 5 stars 15 reviews
2 Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens 4.5 of 5 stars 23 reviews
3 Musee de Picardie 5.0 of 5 stars 5 reviews

Top-rated restaurants

1 Le Tassigny 4.5 of 5 stars 8 reviews
2 Ad'hoc Cafe 5.0 of 5 stars 3 reviews

Traveler Advice on Things to Do in Amiens

Trip Lists
Traveler recommended attractions

Terres de Memoire Somme Battlefield Tours
Ollie #1 of 7 attractions in Amiens
5 of 5 stars 15 reviews
Owner description: We are a French compny organising Battlefield Tours of the Western Front. Our groups are kept to a maximum of eight people. One day, two day, three...
Attraction type  Battlefields

        "Loved every minute!!" Dec 2, 2011
        "Informative & affecting...." Oct 6, 2011
        "Trip of a lifetime" Aug 13, 2011

Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Ollie #2 of 7 attractions in Amiens
4.5 of 5 stars 23 reviews

The cathedral in Amiens, Notre Dame d'Amiens, is a beautiful classical gothic cathedral.  "Amiens, the cathedral in color" from the medieval and beautiful stained glass windows...
Attraction type  Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites
Distance  0.3 miles from city center

        "Worth It" Dec 10, 2011
        "the biggest cathedral in france" Dec 8, 2011
        "Can go back everyday" Nov 10, 2011

Musee de Picardie
Ollie #3 of 7 attractions in Amiens
5 of 5 stars 5 reviews
Attraction type  History Museums; Art Galleries
Distance  0.3 miles from city center

        "Great" Aug 18, 2011
        "Il faut aller à AMIENS" Dec 25, 2011
        "Musée étonnant par ses collections de statues et..." Dec 14, 2011

Maison de Jules Verne
Ollie #4 of 7 attractions in Amiens
4.5 of 5 stars 8 reviews
Owner description: Welcome in Jules Verne's Home... Come and visit the house where the famous writer lived for 18 years in Amiens and where he wrote most part of his...... more »
Attraction type  Historic Sites; Museums
Distance  0.5 miles from city center

        "Interesting for Jules Verne fans" Nov 29, 2011
        "A little gem- well worth a visit" Aug 26, 2011
        "Wonderful" Aug 18, 2011

Ollie #5 of 7 attractions in Amiens
4.5 of 5 stars 6 reviews
Attraction type  Neighborhoods
Distance  0.4 miles from city center

        "A must while visiting Amiens" Nov 29, 2011
        "Nice looking but seems a tourist trap" Oct 19, 2011
        "Vibrant quarter with plenty of colour" Jul 12, 2011

Parc Samara
Ollie #6 of 7 attractions in Amiens
4 of 5 stars 4 reviews
Attraction type  Historic Sites
Distance  6.7 miles from city center

        "Fascinating day out" Aug 21, 2006
        "Journée très ludique" Aug 3, 2011
        "dommage" Sep 6, 2010

Jean Trogneux
Ollie #7 of 7 attractions in Amiens
3 of 5 stars 2 reviews
Attraction type  Specialty Shops
Distance  0.1 miles from city center

        "Best Picardy Macarons" Jan 4, 2011
        "France" Jul 25, 2011

The Battlefields Experience
Owner description: We are Jackie and Rod Bedford, both British ex military, we have for the past eleven years provided fully guided Battlefield Tours throughout Europe
Attraction type  Battlefields

Towers of Notre-Dame d'Amiens Cathedral
Owner description: Amiens Cathedral is one of the finest examples of late Gothic art in Europe. It is also the Cathedral of records since it is the largest in France.
Attraction type  Churches/ Cathedrals; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings

Sens Naturel
Attraction type  Tours
Distance  1.6 miles from city center