On Sunday Zhizhong and I met up at Gare du Nord for a day trip to Amiens. I was almost late because the line 4 platform was closed for repairs, but the efficient Parisian métro system nevertheless got me to the station with time to spare.
The signature attraction of Amiens is the cathedral, which is quite impressive; here are a few pics.
There are many other heritage buildings in Amiens, but the regional museum was closed and the rest of the town seemed a bit depressed.
One notable feature is that the city is built around many canals.
Ironically, one of the biggest thrills of the day for me occurred after we got back to Paris. Zhizhong mentioned that we were near a hidden garden at the Eastern edge of the Marais. I was skeptical that there could be anything interesting in the area that I didn’t already know about, but I followed his lead.
Many thanks to Zhizhong for his company on the trip, and especially for unveiling yet another Parisian secret.
Update: Here’s a Google photo set with full-sized versions of all my photos from our Amiens day trip: Amiens Day Trip