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June 8, 2022

Curiosities of Amiens !

So would like to take you a bit to the old Picardie, now Hauts de France  region and a very nice city with a lot of history of the struggle to be free in world wars.  This is Amiens , and we have been here all over but feel not enough written in my blog about it. I would to tell you about a couple of curiosities of Amiens, very much part of the everyday life of the city. Hope you enjoy it as I.

This is another wonderful city to walk in my belle France. I have plenty written on it in my blog, so will tell you about a spot and an anecdote in my walks of Amiens!! The city is in the Somme dept 80 , Hauts de France region, only 115 km from Paris and easy accessable.  An excellent train station Gare d’Amiens and 38 km from Amiens you have TGV connection with the TGV Haute Picardie station.

The Amiens train station (known locally as “Gare du Nord”), is located in the immediate vicinity of the city center. It is put into service by the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord, in 1846. The station has six platforms, serving eleven tracks,  It constitutes, with the site of Longueau and the stations of Saint-Roch (Somme), Boves and Vers , the heart of the Amiens “star railway”, which is composed of eight branches allowing to reach Paris-Nord (via Creil), Compiègne (via Montdidier), Lille-Flandres (via Arras and Douai), Calais-Ville (via Abbeville and Boulogne-Ville), Rouen-Rive-Droite (via Abancourt and Serqueux), Laon (via Tergnier) , and formerly Frévent (via Doullens) and Beauvais (via Crèvecœur-le-Grand).  This SNCF station,has a passenger building with counters , open every day. It is equipped with automats for the purchase of transport tickets. It is an “Access TER” station, which offers facilities, equipment and services for people with reduced mobility. Passage from one platform to another is via a covered walkway, equipped with stairs fixed and mechanical, and two elevators; it makes it possible to reach all the platforms. The lower concourse only gives access to tracks 7-12. There is also an underpass linking most platforms together.

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The SNCF on the Amiens train station

The TER Hauts de France trains in Amiens

And one for the memories of our visits here while living in the Yvelines dept 78 which allows us to come often from Versailles, was to have our lunch here. We came first , we like it and kept coming back wherever in town or passing by . This was the old Brasserie Le Queen’s at 3 Place Gambetta.

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A very pleasant place with a charming reception! There were a variety of delicious dishes! Also, the price rhymes with the quality offered! This is an address we always hit it! Very good brasserie, you could eat traditional dishes, and the plates were plentiful, fair price, super-friendly welcome, for a lunch. Le Queen’s 3 Place Gambetta , was again a very good brasserie, very smiling welcome, for a lunch it is an address to remember, or as i said, memories forever. The Brasserie Le Queen or brewery closed and replaced by a new one called Les 3 Cailloux. Unfortunately, my opinion did not go well with the rest of you and the place has since closed down. I have not tried the new place, so the memories of the old one still rings with us, We found it at random walking from the train station and we hit it at 3 place Gambetta; many trips back, and now another spot in my memory lane book. My sons below pic.

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The city of Amiens on its heritage:

The Amiens tourist office on its heritage:

There you go folks, we come to Amiens for the arts ;the history, the heritage. Nice Amiens,and a nice modern train station or gare and wonderful family memories of walking its streets and eating at Le Queen. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I !

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

June 8, 2022

The museum of the Somme 1916 in Albert !!

I came upon another historical dandy and nice town. This is the wonderful Albert in the Somme dept 80 of the Hauts de France region. And I like to update this older post and give you more on the musée Somme 1916 d’Albert.

The wonderful museum of the Somme 1916 or musée Somme 1916, an old underground museum that connects to the basilica of Notre Dame de Brébiéres (see post), civil defense and life in the trenches  during WWI. It was indeed a nice educational family trip!

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The city of Albert was at stake in terrible fighting during the WWI (call the grande guerre or great war in France). These were from September 25 to 29, 1914, during the Battle of Albert, as part of the Race to the Sea; during the year 1915, the city was the object of numerous artillery rounds which almost completely destroyed it. The bell tower of the basilica was hit and the Golden Virgin on top remained leaning over the void; also, during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, from July 1 to November 18; during the battle of Kaiser in spring 1918, the ruined city was occupied by German troops; in 1918, general Douglas Haig launched a counter-offensive in Albert, on August 21. The main attack was launched by the 3rd British Army, which was joined by the 2nd United States CorpsAlbert fell on August 22, 1918.

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The city of Albert became one of the main poles of tourism in memory of WWI in the Somme. The Somme 1916 museum was created in 1992. Every July 1, a bagpipes concert is given in front of the basilica in memory of the soldiers who fell in battle. The Somme 1916 museum, located at rue Anicet Godin.

The Somme 1916 museum, formerly the Shelter Museum, is set up in a civil defense underground and presents life in the trenches during WWI at ten meters deep and 230 meters long. Its entrance is located to the right of the Basilica Notre-Dame de Brebières. The museum opened to the public on July 1, 1992. About twenty showcases present objects, equipment and weapons of the time. They make it possible to understand the evolution of armament and the appearance of new techniques such as gas or tanks. It is with a striking realism that about fifteen scenes reconstructed in trenches evoke the life of the soldiers (Irish shelter, gas alert, the aid station, Captain Nevill, etc.) in their daily life. The visit continues with a reconstruction of a trench under the night bombardments (sound and visual effects).

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This underground museum is made up of about fifteen alcoves or shelters, on either side of a gallery 230 meters long. In the gallery, weapons and military equipment are displayed in display cases as well as posters, newspaper articles and photographs. In the alcoves were reconstructed various scenes illustrating the daily life of soldiers in the trenches during the Franco-British offensive of 1916 during the Battle of the Somme with scenes from German, Australian, British, Canadian or French trenches; infirmary scene; soldiers’ rest and distraction scene; and attack scene, at the exit of the underground. To end the visit, the Gallery of Heroes retraces the journey of certain characters who distinguished themselves during the Battle of the Somme. Also, projection of documentary films on the Great War; animation on the soldier’s equipment at the front. The museum exit gives access to the public garden where the Ancre river flows, under the remains of the city walls of Albert. Awesome!!

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The official Museum of the Somme 1916:

The city of Albert on the museum

The Somme dept 80 tourist office on the museum

This is another wonderful historical, educational museum to see ,at Albert. The Museum of 1916 make you reflect on the bounties of life, an unbelievable experience. Hope never to be repeated. Hope you enjoy the post, and do come to see it , it’s a must. Good for the whole family.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 8, 2022

A Cora in Cambrai !

I found me another picture in my vault and worth the post me think ,for the memories’ sake. I have my dear late wife Martine oldest brother living nearby and they took us for some shopping to the Centre Commerciale Cora ,and we saw the quant cafeteria so we decided to have lunch there. Nice to have in my blog, a Cora in Cambrai !

First, have other posts on Cambrai in my blog, this is in the Nord dept 59 of the Hauts de France region. Arras is only 36 km and Lille 52 km, Brussels 108 km, Paris 160 km, and about 583 km from my house ! We have always been by car here but it has train and bus connections.

Cora is a hypermarket brand belonging to the Louis Delhaize group and comprising 61 hypermarkets in France, around 10 in Belgium and Luxembourg, and 12 in Romania. It is part of the same group that includes Match supermarkets, Houra cybermarket, Truffaut garden centers and Animalis pet stores. Since its creation in 1969, Cora has been a decentralized family business organized around stores.

A bit of history I like

In 1850, Jacques Delhaize, wine merchant, imagined and applied in Belgium the principle of branching, points of sale delivered by a central warehouse. One of his sons, Louis Delhaize, develops a company which is at the origin of the current group The first French Cora hypermarket opens in September 1969, franchised by the Carrefour group in Garges-les-Gonesse (Val d’Oise 95).  In 1974, the franchise contracts expire, the “Cora” brand becomes independent. In 1999, creation of the purchasing center “Opéra”, in association with the Casino group.  In 2002, Cora separated from the Casino group and created its own central purchasing office. In December 2014, Carrefour and Cora signed a purchasing cooperation agreement.

There are 61 Cora hypermarkets in France, including 16 in the Grand Est and 10 in Hauts-de-France. Almost all of the other stores are located in the northeast of the country, due to the geographical proximity to Belgium.  Cora hypermarket opened in 1974, offering a Drive service, gallery of around thirty shops.  The new Centre Commerciale Shop’In Cambrai has 30 shops, a cafeteria and a Cora hypermarket . The Shop’in Cambrai shopping center was created in 1987, completely revamped in November 2019, the center welcomes its visitors in a modern, bright, warm and connected environment to offer them an even more pleasant shopping experience! Pic for the memories of always!

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The official Cora hypermarket in Cambrai:

The centre commerciale Shop’in Cambrai on getting there :

There you go folks, down in memory lane for my family. Glad found the picture and have the story in my blog for all times’ sake. You will do well to seek them out while in the region of Hauts de France and along the Belgium-France border. Hope you enjoy the post of this off the beaten path gem ,Cora in Cambrai !

And remember, happy travels, good health , and many cheers to all !!!

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