Monday’s Travel Photos – Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

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Baie de la Somme, which is at the mouth of the Somme River in Picardy, is a delightful little town that goes back to Roman times. It still has an abbey church, a sea lock, a stone tower, ramparts and small winding streets. It has a colourful market on Sunday mornings that often extends along the waterfront. It has lovely light and attracted artists such as Sisley and Degas who both had villas there. Baie de Somme is one of our favourite cycling areas and is a good stop on the way down from Boulogne to Dieppe, for example. It’s also an easy weekend trip from Paris.

Abbey church taken in the other direction

Abbey church taken in the other direction

Abbey church with its checkerboard pattern

Abbey church with its checkerboard pattern

Entrance through the old remparts

Entrance through the old remparts

Estuary

Estuary

Lovely old school

Lovely old school

Turn-of-the-century steam train

Turn-of-the-century steam train

Estuary view

Estuary view

Estuary view showing early 20th century seaside houses

Estuary view showing early 20th century seaside houses

You can see the other side of the estuary

You can see the other side of the estuary

 

 

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2 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

  1. Susan Walter says:

    I’ve only ever seen the Baie de la Somme from the viewing tower at the motorway services 🙂

    You get those flint chequerboard patterned churches in certain places in the south-east of England.

  2. Fraussie says:

    You’d love the Baie de Somme. It has some wonderful nature reserves and riding through the famous “prés salés” dotted with sheep is a great experience.
    I didn’t realise the chequerboard was flint. Thank you for that information.

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