4.5 based on 103 reviews
A large area of marshland around the Springs that produced water for the local sugar refinery, within easy walking distance of the town centre. With lakes and good gravel paths this is very easy to both visit and get around. With a wealth of wildlife (mainly bot not exclusively birds) this is well worth a visit.
4.5 based on 80 reviews
Quite how the locals ever afforded the construction of this magnificent village church is impossible to guess. Perhaps the nobility were buying their way in heaven, or at least hoping to do so. Tge building is well kept, and the war damage internally and externally is not disguised, the miracle is that it survived. Well worth seeing.
4.5 based on 60 reviews
The Jardin d` Emonville is the starting point for a town trail that lasts about an hour. Abbeville which had a superb historic town centre suffered devastating German bombing in 1940, and much of the centre was reduced to rubble.Following liberation in 1944, reconstruction began almost at once, and now the town is an electic mix of historic and new buildings.When heading south from the tunnel it is well worth a detour.
Enter the Gardens from the square Place Clemenceau, where you can park ( get a blue parking disc from a nearby cafe ). There are some fine houses in the square. Selincourt hotel ( now the post office ) and No 8 the 17th century hotel of the Justice Consulaire. In the corner the modern Rex cinema is a worthy addition to the square.Walk through the classic arch to the Gardens which include a lake. Arthur Foucques d`Emonville, who was a botanist, had his private mansion built in 1861 by the architect Lefuel who designed the Louvre museum.
From the Gardens walk into Rue aux Pareurs. This is a lovely unspoilt street of Flemish town houses. Turn left and proceed to the junction with Chausee Marcade where there are medieval houses that have survived. Nearby the tourist office which is a Flemish take on art deco. You can take a detour across the Somme River bridge to view the railway station built in 1867 which has a whimsical facade. Otherwise proceed to the Place Max Lejune where you can view both the Collegiate Church of Saint -Vulfran and the modernistic Hotel de Ville completed in 1960.As large as a Cathedral, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art, look upwards at the elaborately carved facade of the church and the soaring, matching twin towers.The Hotel de Ville and its square, with its soaring clock tower has the atmosphere of an English New Town, such as Stevenage, but complements the historic buildings nearby.No time for lunch as you head back to Place Clemenceau, but along the trail there are plenty of cafes and bars for a coffee or drink.
4.5 based on 18 reviews
It comes as surprise to find a museum of this breadth & quality in a declining provincial town, especially when you know that the museum, its collection and the rest of the town had been completely destroyed by five thousand German bombs dropped during a single day in May 1940. Obviously, this does not equal the Louvre in Lens, but it is still well worth a visit. There is much to commend here. There is a modest admission fee but, as with many places in France, entry is free the first Sunday of each month.
4 based on 35 reviews
Je devais faire un bapteme sensation samedi 11 novembre. Vu la pluie et le vent le samedi matin j'ai appelé à plusieurs reprises stadium pour savoir si les baptemes étaient maintenus car nous avions une heure de route, mais mes appels sont restaient sans réponse idem pour les mails.
Une fois sur place, on nous dit "désolé toutes les activités sont annulées".
La sécurité avant tout j'en suis bien consciente mais quand on fait une heure de route juste pour cette activité, vous comprendrez notre déception.
On nous a proposé de reporter notre bapteme en 2018, et franchement j'espère que ça se passera mieux
4 based on 14 reviews
We found the Carmel by accident, and we're delighted to find that we could see its beautiful architecture at no charge. We left wondering whether the poor of France would have been better served with food and clothing than the extravagances of religious architecture
4 based on 10 reviews
amazing grounds to walk around and take pictures , theres a lake behind the back of the building with nice big tree's , excellent if you have a picnic or something
4.5 based on 5 reviews
Abbeville Communal Cemetery is the main cemetery for the town of Abbeville. During WW1, there was a large military hospital in the town to which many injured soldiers from the Somme area were evacuated. Those that made it were sent home or back to the front line; those that did not were buried in the town's communal cemetery.
There are two military sections in the cemetery. The largest, to the north of the civilian burial area, contains nearly 2000 graves of men who were injured in or after the Battle of the Somme - this area is known as the 'communal cemetery extension'. The smaller area, to the east of the civilian burial area contains a number of WW1 French war graves and around 30 Commonwealth war graves from 1914 and 1915.
We visited the cemetery to lay a wreath on the grave of our next-door neighbour's grandfather. He was injured at the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 and was evacuated to Abbeville where he died on 1st October 1915. He is buried in the small military area to the east of the cemetery and it took us a age to find his grave as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission do not provide plans of that area. Confusingly, the plot numbers are also duplicated across the two military cemetery areas, meaning we were searching in the wrong area.
So please take care if you are trying to find a relative's grave, especially if your relative died before the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
This cemetery is a long way from the main WW1 sites in the Somme, and is probably only worth a visit if you have a specific reason to do so (for example, a relative is buried there).
5 based on 1 reviews
Tourist flight in the helicopter on Bay of somme at the beginning aerodrome Abbeville possibility of accommodating groups
Mon frère m'a offert ce baptème en hélicoptère en baie de Somme. L'accueil du pilote Greg et de son père (intendance) a été fort sympathique. nous avons eu réponse à toutes nos questions, qu'elles soient d'ordre technique ou géographique ))
Nous avions opté pour une balade de 20 mn et c'était bien vu car cela nous a permis de survoler la baie, presque jusqu'au Hourdel.
L'hélicoptère dans lequel nous sommes montés était un 3 places très agile, la qualité du pilote a été mise à l'épreuve (mais nous n'avons pas eu peur un seul instant), et nous reviendrons essayer le nouveau (plus gros) dès que Greg en aura pris possession! à bientôt donc!
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