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“Lovely wee jaunt”

Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens
Ranked #3 of 43 things to do in Amiens
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Well worth the trip. Jump on a wee barge like boat and be led through some beautiful gardens. Like posh allotments. I found it tranquil and relaxing. Reasonably priced also.

Thank Carles25
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

When we found this place we thought it was stunning! In the middle of the big city there is a river and 50 islands that looks like you have traveled through a porthole to get to a whole different place. It was a very reasonable cost and worth every bit of it! You go on a boat ride for 45 minutes and you see all kinds of neat things. At every corner there is flowers and small little cottages surrounded by water. Ducks swim along side you and fish swim under you! There are walking trails as well. Great attraction for anybody (kids, seniors, teenagers and adults). It's surrounded by everything but while you were there you would never know it. If you go bring your cameras, it's a sight you would have never imagined.

3  Thank peytonnovoa
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Our experience here was magical from beginning to end. Along with our 11 year old granddaughter we skimmed the calming canals of this watery haven in the middle of a city and marvelled at its existence. With water fowl swimming by , colourful bank side gardens and small garden homes (with no electricity or running water ) this was a peaceful step back in time. A lot of the plots are vegetable gardens and they regularly hold a market here too. The entire area has lovely walking paths so if you don't care to pay for the boat ride - which is reasonable but could add up for families - there are trails and picnic areas all around.

1  Thank Peytonsage
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Late on a soon-to-be-rainy Saturday afternoon, we got to take this magical eerie ride with negligible wait. You and a dozen others glide noiselessly through narrow, winding canals lined by trees, bushes, orchards and gardens. Variations among private owners' choices, from the tacky lawn-ornament-plastic-flamingo-and-concrete-rabbit to the utilitarian professionally laid rows of carrots, cabbages or pumpkins, are amazing, as are the many variations of sheds, cottages and home-away-from-home (owners can build a simple house, can't live there permanently). Here I saw the oldest weeping willow I ever noticed in my life, an amazing testament to graceful, daily, painstaking land management.

What impressed me most is the edges of the islets, buttressed by poles, wood planks and sheets of corrugated iron, still obviously eaten away by the - ever slowly - running water of the canals, requiring regular maintenance to keep a balance between land and water that has lasted centuries - all within metres of modern buildings, high traffic roads, the Somme river with its modern levees.

Breathtaking, even more so than the amazing cathedral.

Thank GianlucaMarcellino
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

These 'floating gardens' have been in existence since Roman times and were used to grow produce for sale at local markets. The boat tour winds in way through the narrow canals and the islands are now mostly used for weekend retreats it would seem. The experience is one of calm and tranquility and we felt a twinge of envy for the lucky people in their island domains enjoying the Picardie sun. Thereis commentary, in French, on the boats, some of which we got, but it is the slowly passing scenery which is the star of the show. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Kearon
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