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February 3rd, 2016

Les Hortillonnages

BY Christian Ford

The name of the river comes from a Celtic word meaning “tranquil.”  The Somme flows, gentle and winding, through the north of France, towards the English Channel and a bay where Duke William of Normandy once assembled the fleet that would transform him into William the Conqueror.   Halfway through the river’s 150-mile course across Picardy, the city of Amiens rises on its banks, but this spot was seen as a good place to live long before its citizens spoke […]