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    Posted: 12 August 2015 at 10:15
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1: Notre Dame Cathedral (the largest Gothic cathedral in France)


2: Aunt Jeanne's creperie


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I have some more from our visit which I will PP and post later. In the meantime feel free to add your shots from Amiens
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Good start. #1 is magnificent, perfectly parallel with no perspective distortion.
I've visited most of the great Gothic cathedrals in France, but somehow never got to this one. Seem to recall it was badly damaged in WW1, so perhaps it's been meticulously restored?
As for the 'biggest', Beauvais Cathedral not too far away is the tallest but it was never fully completed, so presumably this refers to the biggest/tallest completed one? As for the size of the footprint, Seville and Milan are larger.
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Hi Pieter,

Good thread to start - I pass Amiens on a regular basis when travelling to our Paris office (the A16 goes right past) and I often see the cathedral on the skyline. I've visited there a while ago and, if I am honest, the interior doesn't live up to the exterior which is, as you show us here, most imposing. I believe it was badly damaged in WW1 so I guess that explains it.

I loved the creperie shot though; loose the menu board, the ever-present TV aerial and that lone 'No Entry' sign and it could have been taken anytime over the last 100 years or so. It's a lovely perspective and a well balanced image.

Looking forward to see more from here!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 August 2015 at 08:48
Thanks for the comments Joe and Neil. My quote on the cathedral came from the Tourist Office, so can't vouch for the basis or even the accuracy. For me size doesn't matter that much , it's indeed big and the outside very nicely decorated. I liked the inside as well. I'll PP and post some pictures of that later.

But first some more general views of Amiens

3: Restaurants on the Quai Belu along the river Somme

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4: Beautifully ornamented clock in the city center

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Two beautiful additions. #3 is so evocative of provincial France, and the sky is most helpful to the mood, both in reality and in reflection.
I do like the way you present these with the fine white border.

You need to post more, and not eke them out two 2 at a time!
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Missed these earlier. Agree with the others #1 and 2 are great shots, but what i like even more is the contradiction between these. While #1 is a huge building, very costly and well known around the world, the creperie is the opposite. Smallish, not known except by some, not impressive yet inviting. I assume the crepes taste good here
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 August 2015 at 07:22
Joe, I love suspense but I'll up my production a little bit

First 3 from inside the cathedral:

5: The light is flowing in

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6: Some graves

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7: Side chapel

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And something completely different. One of the squares in the center is now a relaxing place with some beach chairs for the parents to supervise their childern playing in the fountain

8: Relaxation and play square

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Pieter,
Thanks for upping your image post rate by 100%. But next time how about 200%?
#5 is a beautiful study in natural light and mellow old stonework, with a strong sense of harmony. All the efforts of the Gothic style were to let natural light in by using external structures and flying buttresses, as contrasted to the heavy Romanesque with its massive load bearing walls and tiny window openings.
#7 is very strongly reminiscent of the great Chartres Cathedral with its intense blue stained glass, the secret of its recipe and manufacture long lost in time.
Although #8 is essentially a modern town square bounded by relatively recent apartment blocks, the way it has been set up for family enjoyment is a tribute to the local council and town planners.
More please,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 August 2015 at 13:54
Thanks Joe. We were only a few hours in Amiens, so if I speed up too much I'm done. I took most shots inside the cathedral, but here's first a few other ones

9: Impressive towers above the rest of the city

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10: Most of the outside of the Notre Dame is nicely restored

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11: Closed side entrance

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12: Everyone needs to be supported

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13: Restauration? Rapide?

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14: A view along one of the side streams of the Somme

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I've got one post left with some more shots from inside the cathedral
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