|Picardie comprises three departments: Aisne(02), Oise(60) and Somme(80. The southern part of the region is economically attached to Paris. The northern part is largely agricultural, prominent in the production of sugar beet. Because of its location it was the site of fierce battles in past wars.
Laon, the capital, is the site many medieval buildings including a 12th century cathedral.
Saint-Quentin, a much larger city, suffered much damage during the two world wears.
Condé-en-Brie is a charming village and château.
You may enjoy a cruise on the river Ourcq, a tributary of the Marne.
The Chateau de Pierrefonds, built in the 12th century, was the location of several films and TV series.
The Chateau de Chantilly houses an extensive art collection.
Plailly is the site of the Parc Astérix theme park, a major tourist attraction.
Beauvais Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture.
The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest of World War 1. Hence the many war monuments and military cemeteries.
Amiens is the capital. Its 13th century Gothic cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Château de Rambures, constructed in the 15th century, has been classified as a Historic Monument by the French Ministry of Culture.
Mers-les-Bains was once an exclusive seaside resort on the English Channel.