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The Region

The bustling and historic town of Corbie – “the small town with big emotions” – is nestled in the Somme river valley in the Picardie region of Northern France. Synonymous with the battles of the First World War, the many impressive war memorials ( the Australian ‘ ANZAC ‘ Memorial at Villers Bretonneux, the Canadian Memorials at Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge, the English Memorial at Thiepval to name a few ) located nearby are the only reminders in the tranquil rolling countryside of today.

The region is well known for its outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding, swimming, fishing, golfing and boating, and also for its string of impressive gothic cathedrals and abbeys. Amiens Cathedral, located 15 minutes away, is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and a Unesco world heritage site.

Amiens itself is a lively university city with many restaurants, bars and shops. Many hours can be whiled away exploring the lanes and canals of the St Leu district, taking a traditional ‘barque’ (flat bottomed boat) among the floating allotments of the ‘hortillonnages’ or simply people watching in an outdoor café.