Damon says that having his birthday in August can feel like a disappointment each year. I’m hoping he’ll change his mind after this weekend – we’re off to Amiens.
I’m told that the city is a hidden gem of northern France.
With a population of less than 150,000, it is the capital of the Somme département. It was also the capital of Picardie until the region became part of Hauts-de-France a couple of years ago.
It looks rather charming in all the photos I’ve seen, with a network of pretty canals, a UNESCO-protected cathedral and a quaint old town.
That’s why I booked us a weekend break here.
“I’m hoping that Damon will be pleased by what I have planned for him”
Usually we would go for a summer holiday at this time. But we’re trying to buy a property in the south west – more about that when it’s definite – which means a fortnight away isn’t really practical right now. Or affordable.
So a couple of days in a beautiful town an hour or so from home sounds the perfect compromise.
I’ve booked us into a delightful looking hotel in the centre of the town. Not only is the hotel well placed, but our room has a view of the cathedral.
And I’ve reserved us a table at a Michelin guide restaurant for dinner tonight – just a stone’s throw from our hotel.
So, this year, rather than feeling a bit down that few of our friends are around to celebrate his birthday, I’m hoping that Damon will be pleased by what I have planned for him.
Photos © Hôtel Le Prieuré