We arrived back in Amiens on 4th September ready to complete the visits we missed first time around.
Jules Veurne house
Jules Veurne (1828-1905) was a french novelist, poet & playwright who lived in Amiens for many years and wrote 44 of his works in this house between 1881 – 1901. In conjunction with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel he created ‘Voyages Extraordinaires’ which was a widely popular series of well researched adventure novels, which include: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) & Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
Internally the house is appealing except the dining room which is very dark and ornate. I preferred the lighter newer sitting room and the spiral staircase.
There are many artifacts on display to demonstrate the extent of Jules Veurne’s work, how it was accepted by all – being translated into other languages, board games and children’s cardboard theatres created. I particularly liked the advertising posters.
Cirque Jules Veurne
Near to the house is the Cirque de Jules Veurne which is used as an arts and entertainment centre – even a circus skills training class. Beautiful circular building with restaurants either side – unfortunately the coffee was sadly below standard!
En route back to the boat we passed this beautiful building – couldn’t work out what they were selling, so we went inside. It was the most gorgeous patisserie / chocolaterie. Should have had our coffee here instead. I bought a Millefeuille gateau, which was to die for!!!!!
There was a producers market on Saturday morning – one has to support the local industries! The vegetables from the hortillonages were just fabulously fresh and tasty!