Our friend, Céline showed us a special spot within the city limits.
This is the garden area or “hortillonnages” ( or-tea-on-aah-jeh), which since centuries was an area where gardeners grow vegetables along the Somme river.Although gardening still exists today, this activity has gone down.But, veggies produced along the Somme river still find their places in the local markets.
Many of the homes along the Somme ( a few of which I shall show you) are today, vacation homes. The paths around the gardens are wonderful for walks,jogging, biking and hobby fishermen.
In November, the tourist season for visiting the hortillonnages on a boat is over. So, we settled for a a very nice walk on the foot path .
Here’s a look a few of the boats that we saw :
A nice view of what is called a “péniche”,( which can be translated as “houseboat”) . And behind, you can see the cathedral.
A rowboat next to one of the many bridges.Where do they go and why is there a door in the middle ??
You shall see next time…
The traditional boat that the gardeners use on the Somme. This one is just for decoration, in front of someone’s home.
A “barque à cornet”, the traditonal name for these craft, and this one is a young 80 years of age !