As you would imagine, there is a lot more to the area than the World War One battlefields. Maison Lavande is, of course, an ideal base from which to explore the haunting battlefields of the Somme. But, with excellent road and rail links, it's also possible to reach more distant attractions. An easy 1½ hour drive will take you to Belgium or Paris.
Amiens the capital of Picardy, a city of 135,000 people is only 35 minutes away by car. Devastated by both world wars it is now essentially a modern town sheltering the precious remains of its picturesque past. It is the setting of the beautiful Cathedrale Notre-Dame which is the largest gothic building in France. And as you would expect, Amiens has many fine shops and restaurants.
The charm of the narrow cobblestone streets, lined by the 17th and 18th century Flemish townhouses, makes a visit to Lille fascinating. The fortifications, The Jardin des Plantes and the Grand Place are well worth seeing. As you would imagine, Lille also offers a full selection of shops including Galeries Lafayette and the boutiques and bazaars around Rue Gambetta.
An easy 1 hour 30 mins drive will take you to Belgium and, for example, to Ypres. This is location of the world-famous Menin Gate. It's even possible to get to & from Verdun in a day. However, an overnight stay there would give you time to fully take in all the sights and make it more enjoyable.
Of course we could not forget Paris - only 1½ hours down the nearby A1 motorway. Or travel by the world famous TGV from Assevillers. Alternatively, the normal train to Paris leaves from Amiens. First visits to Paris can be daunting: nearly every square inch of the city seems to be seeping with history and beauty. All of it is worth seeing and exploring, but you shouldn't miss the principal attractions for which the city is best known.
We hope you'll agree that our holiday cottage offers a rich and diverse group of possibilities for days out during your break. Of course, you can stay close to home, or work your way around the towns and villages of the Department of the Somme. But, if you wish, you can spread your wings and head a little further afield.