Friday, 22 February 2013

St-Leu

While the cathedral in Amiens buttoned up for lunch (as all proper French landmarks do) we had lunch and explored the town a bit before returning.

We had lunch near the 12th century Belfry and checked out the market around it.

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I'm not sure how much use a solar calendar gets here. I was really hoping for a sunny day to shoot. At least it wasn't pouring rain out, and that's all I can really hope for at this point.

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We ended up wandering around the cute neighborhood called St-Leu. It used to be a bit of a slum, but it's been prettified and painted and it's now very quaint and, when I was there, complete devoid of life.

Amiens It's all built along canals, where there were once tanneries and textile dyers had set up shop. Amiens Amiens

There is also a large park with canals and floating gardens.

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Parts of the town were a bit run down, but overall it was a pleasant place to stroll around. It was very quiet. There were few other tourist around the town, and just a handful around the Cathedral.

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It seems that there would be a fun scene here in summer as there were quite a few cafes and bars along the canals with views. Aside from the fact that one of the main sites, the Museum of Picardy, is closed for renovations, I would hazard to guess that this place would be a much more lively place in July.

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But in winter, there wasn't a lot open. It was almost eerie how quiet and shuttered things were. Ha, we joked. I don't have to take pictures at weird angles to try to crop out random people standing around in my shots.

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Happily, Amiens is known for their own special kind of Macaroons. They weren't the lovely fruit flavored egg-white and jam Piere Herme jewels, but they were slightly more rustic yet tasty confections of almond and honey.

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I am eternally grateful I could at least find a bakery open. I seem to be a bloodhound in that respect.

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5 comments:

  1. The almond/honey version was the only macaron I knew of until maybe the last 10 years or so. A bakery on Bleecker, then moved to 6th Ave and now gone, made giant, delicious, soft, cookie-like versions of them. Sold in pairs, stuck bottom-to-bottom.

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    1. I previously thought of them to be coconut monstrosities. What a great education we are privileged to have!

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    2. Better that than marzipan fruits.

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  2. Sara- you NEED to go to St. Emilion.

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    1. It's on my to-do list for this summer!

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