Day 6: Le Crotoy to Amiens

Adventure in the Somme

Fun! Today’s theme is all about fun. We’re starting the morning crossing the Bay with Maxim Marxi, Qualinat Guide, and after a quick lunch at La Tablée du Marquenterre in Parc du Marquenterre, it’s on to a horseback riding adventure at The Equestrian Centers Henson Marquenterre.

“Oh wow! I love this place,” naturalist and guide Maxim Marzi says as he spreads his arms open wide, happily humming as he steps barefoot into the soft sands of the Baie de Somme, an ever-changing estuary where we’ve come to see seals and samphire, to walk on the wet sand, to put our feet in the mud. On this three hour tour, we learn of those who come to forage for food in this landscape, of what plants are edible and what are not, and of its residents – the seals and birds, in one of France’s important stopover sites for migratory birds.

The fun continues when we follow instructor Margot into the pastures to lead our Henson horses back to the paddock to saddle up for a trail ride through woods and field, past wild goats and pheasants, and some pigs.

“That was magical,” my kids says. “Let’s start riding horses!”

On the road to Amiens

Back on the road, it’s 80 kilometres to Amiens, where we check into L’Annexe Amiens, a friendly B&B, and walk past Amiens Cathedral on our way to dinner on the lively pier. Reaching for the heavens, it’s the 19th largest church in the world, a stunning masterpiece on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme and a cobblestone pedestrian burough of shops, restaurants and canals. For those who can stay up to 11 p.m. (confession, we didn’t all make it!), the light show Chroma at the Cathedral of Amiems in outstanding.

Leah’s journal

THE BEST DAY! We got picked up by Maxim in his car and he took us to the beach. We walked in between two towns on the beach, you see their low tide is so low you can walked across the beaches. I say do it with no shoes to feel everything. Then we went horseback riding. It was my first time horseback riding so he got smaller nicer horse! I got the older like I wanted. 100% you should do this...I have so many stories to tell now.

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