We were keen to visit the Battlefields of the western front , so travelled from London to Lille on Eurostar - would higly recommend this experience, fast & efficient way to get to France direct from London. No waiting around at airports or paying for transport to get to the Airport in the first place.
We stayed at Hotel Alsace Lorraine, very close to the railway station. The only thing going for the place are the owners who were very helpful, particularly given that we didn't speak French.
The bathroom is shocking, one big tub with no possible way of having a comfortable shower. We were on the first floor - carting luggage up the tiniest spiral staircase I have ever seen.
We did a one day tour of the Battlefields -Australian Battlefields tour – Sylvestre Bresson, Terres de memoire Battlefields tour. I cannot recommend this highly enough. We were the only ones on his tour on that day, he pciked us up from the hotel and has an excellent knowledge & manner. We arranged this thru email prior to leaving. Sylvestre often picks up people who travel by train up from Paris for the day tour. In hindsight, this would be the best way to do it. Give Amiens the big swerve, it is ugly, people are not friendly and they have a lot to learn about providing a quality tourist service. Just visit the Battlefields by train from Paris.
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