Monday, November 22, 2010


Here we were in this Picardie region visiting some sites related to clean energy and efficiency. The first point being the station of Douai, where we arrived at, by TGV from Paris, just a couple of hours. 

We drive through some picturesque landscapes and visiting  some Municipal waste based power generating sites and Landfill gas based power generation site and

  We arrive at Amiens. A beautiful city again with a rich heritage, a famous cathedral and wonderful cuisine. The Amiens Macaroon are a delicious speciality of the Picardie area  I was told and they tasted delicious and almost melted in the mouth. Another of the local delicacy is Foie gras -prepared out of the liver of a duck specially fattened. Did I enjoy this? I dont't know, I will have to try it again.
 Well this our dinner table

And now the cathedral of our lady of lady of Amiens,
said  to be tallest in France and built in the 11 century has some marvellous facade.
The are some exquisite hotels and restaurants around the bylanes of the Cathedral and its lovely to spend a evening.
Unfortunately for us this monument was closed due to major repairs being undertaken.
The entrance to the cathedral                                       Apostles and Saint on the facade

Getting around this wonderful city was such a experience, with canals and quaint little building lining it, Alas, the camera was at the hotel, but could manage these shots from the city centre.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


And here we are at Nantes railway station

On a visit to L'ecole de Mines, we got to spend a couple of days in this lovely city of Nantes. Located in the western part of France, about 500 kms form Paris. I learn later of the rich history of this region starting with the Gauls, the Roman and the English
Two days was hardly sufficient to do justice to this historic city in the erstwhile province of Brittany. Wish I could visit the coast and the many beautiful  cathedrals, but not to be.
Some shots from the city centre
Stade de la Beaujoire -the home stadium of the Food ball club de Nantes

The tram-very effective means of transportation