Monday, January 24, 2005


The absolute best part of being apartment dwellers is the fact that we have no household chores on the weekend. When we owned a house we rarely left for a weekend trip. Now it's easy to wake up on Sunday morning and say let's take a trip!

So yesterday we decided to take a 90 minute trip north to Amiens. We've taken many weekend trips over the last four years, but we hadn't driven to Amiens. In 1981 the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Amiens was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is the most amazing and breathtaking Gothic Cathedral. It is an extremely tall and large building, which means it's pretty much impossible to take a full picture of the Cathedral unless you are very far away.

The kids enjoyed the visit to Amiens because there were a number of interesting things to look at like a statute of Joan of Arc and lots of beautiful stained glass. However, the most interesting aspect for the kids was the labyrinth in the center of the Cathedral. The path arrangement is octagonal and you follow the black line. Here are my kids with others walking the labyrinth.

It was freezing cold, so we didn't walk around the town too much, but it was worth the trip just to visit the Cathedral. Because of it's size, it was difficult to take a photo of even the facade of the building, so here is a snap shot of one interesting section. It looks very similar to Chartres Cathedral of Notre Dame. In fact, when Chartres was finished, work was started on Amiens.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:02 AM



You have a great site. Hubby and I went to Paris for our honeymoon, (2001 - BTW we are from Australia)and memories of tears falling whilst listening to a harpist on the steps of Sacre coeur are with me now. I truly envy you. Paris is the best city on earth, enjoy it on my behalf

# posted by Jade : 11:56 AM  

Welcome to the blog. Thanks for your comment. Our family is having a great time living here in Paris. There is always something to do. Sacre Coeur is a beautiful area of town that we don't visit often. You must have had a great time there.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 12:30 PM  

Were you not amazed at the size of the statues by the portals? They seemed so oversized compared to Notre-Dame in Paris?
My mother and I visited Amiens in 2000 for the Joan of Arc Festival. I wish I would have realized there was a labyrinth on the floor at Amiens too. Of course, it would have been to crowded when we visited to have seen it anyway.
Thank you for your lovely writings on Paris and your pictures are gorgeous too! A lovely way to visit from home.

# posted by Anonymous : 1:14 PM  

Next time, take a day trip to my house and help me shovel some snow. ;)

# posted by DC-Giant : 6:58 PM  

Kelley, welcome to the blog, thanks for commenting. The labyrinthe is hard to see, we almost walked out without seeing it. Having not done any research before we left we didn't even know to look!

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 11:35 PM  

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