A Sunday afternoon in Amiens in August

À un Dimanche après-midi à Amiens en Août.
A Sunday afternoon in Amiens in August

English version below the pictures

Dimanche dernier 9 Août Il faisait encore chaud à Amiens . Beaucoup de gens étaient partis en vacances ou à la plage . Nous avions deux petits-enfants (Manon et Antoine ) et nous sommes allé faire un tour centre-ville. Sur une place un concert de jazz était donné par quatre musiciens jouant dans un kiosque ,trompette, trombone,, accordéon et contrebasse.. Ils jouaient avec talent et énergie en dépit de la chaleur.

La musique était dans l’air et il était particulièrement réjouissant de voir la foule totalement détendue assise sur des bancs ou couchée dans l herbe, heureuse et applaudissant à la fin de chaque morceau. Le cadre architectural était aussi part de la fête et les fleurs apportaient leurs couleurs . La fontaine apportait sa propre musique et sa fraîcheur. La calèche transportant les touristes stationnait devant la façade sud de la cathédrale d’Amiens.

Nous étions en vacance dans notre ville.


The bandstand on a square with four musicians playing jazz . le kiosque ave 4 musiciens jouant  du jazz


The crowd and the architectural frame La foule dans un cadre architectural


            Another  part of the relaxed crowd , very colored   Une autre partie de la foule , détendue et colorée


The fountain brought also its music aand its freshness La fontaine apportait sa musique et sa fraîcheur


The barouche for tourists was staying in front of the South front of the cathedra

Last Sunday August 9, it was still hot in Amiens in northern France, my town. Numerous people left for vacation elsewhere or for the beach not so far We had two grandchildren with us ( manon and Antoine ) and we made walk downtown. On a square a concert of jazz was given by four musicians playing into a bandstand ; trumpet, trombone, accordion and double bass.  They were playing with talent and energy despite of the heat

   The music was in the air but it was especially enjoyable to see the crowd totally relaxed sat on the benches or lying in the grass , happy . and applauding at the end of every musical piece .The architectural décor was also part of the feast and the flowers brought their colors. The fountain brought its music and freshness. The barouche carrying the tourists was staying in front of the south front of the wonderful cathedral of Amiens

   We were in vacation in our town .


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33 Responses to A Sunday afternoon in Amiens in August

  1. weggieboy says:

    Wish I had been there! It sounds like a very relaxing and enjoyable time was had by all!

  2. Angela im says:

    How fun to have entertainment in Amiens! Wish we could’ve heard the music and enjoy the festivities!!😄😘

  3. nannyfountain says:

    Vacationing at home is the best ❤

  4. blb1 says:

    It would be nice to be able to walk to such a beautiful place. This is the disadvantage of the suburbs. Of course it is too hot now to be outside for anything.

  5. whyzat says:

    It must be wnderful to wander among those architectural beauties on a nice day!

  6. cocosangel says:

    It looks like a very interesting and a relaxing place. I just loved the scenary, where people are seated watching and listening to the Jazz.
    This weekend is going to be the Grandparents Day. Are there any plans by the grandchildren?
    You are a fabulous Grandparent.

    • Angy, there is not grandparents Day in France . Only Grandmothers Day . It is not next Sunday.
      However we have childen and grand chidren next week end ( tomorrow) and also the following WE.

  7. L. Gail says:

    You have a beautiful town to be on vacation in.

  8. jstnotherday says:

    What I love about the first photo is that the people in the foreground appear to have their heads bowed in prayer.

    I love picnics and concerts in the park or town square. We have them here also. They have them also on the riverfront in summertime, which my daughter has sometimes attended. I’ve wished to do so myself.

  9. Thank you for sharing these photos and this experience with us, Michel! Sometimes the best vacation is close to home, or at home! 🙂
    I looked at your photos and read your words, and then closed my eyes…I could hear the music, the happy chatter and applause of the people, I could smell the flowers and hear the bubbling fountain water! An escape I needed today! 🙂
    ❤ and HUGS!!! 🙂

  10. Love the fountain. Looks like a perfect summer afternoon. We take day trips often and vacation close to home… it’s very enjoyable. No packing!

  11. AM says:

    De très symapthiques moments de détente “à la maison” et comme dit ci-dessus, sans le souci des bagages, qui souvent sont un choix cornélien (pour les dames en tous cas) 😉

    Amitiés d’été, AM

  12. I love that you were ‘vacationing in your town’. It looks like such a fun, relaxing day. I LOVE the fountain best of all..To sit there w/music in the background..so peaceful. I’m glad you were able to do this w/your grandchildren. love, Elizabeth

  13. puffpop says:

    How lovely and peaceful. This reminds me so much of some of the French paintings of people walking , enjoying music. The beautiful architecture is the same but the only difference from the people here and the people in the paintings is the clothing style.

    Thank you for taking us on this lovely walk in your pretty and historic town.

    votre amie,

  14. Marilyn Thysell says:

    Yes, sometimes a mini vacation in our own town can be wonderful and peaceful. I love seeing the old buildings and how beautiful they are. Still hot here in my town. 8/13/15 was 100F. This has been a very long, hot, dry summer with lots of wildfires in my state of Washington. Thank you for the lovely walk in your town. ……………………Marilyn

  15. It looks like a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

  16. julie essex says:

    The weather this week as been better here, Amiens looks lovely in the sunshine. Sometimes we are to quick to fly away before looking at all the great places to visit nearer home

  17. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie…In the states I think they call it a stay-cay! What a lovely outing you had, I think I would have sat at the fountain dangling my feet in the water also! I love the summertime and the heat, it is after all suppose to be hot in the summer. I hope you have also seen the meteor shower that has been entertaining us this week! ILYM

  18. Lowie says:

    Along the lines of what Marsha said, I have seen a couple Perseid Meteor Showers, but only if I go out into a dark parking lot. 🙂 I would love to be a tourist in Ambiens, splashing In the fountain, then meeting you for tea! I had forgotten that all of Europe is on holiday in August, to find their place in the sun. Glad you could enjoy your town’s tranquility. Love and hugs, Lowie

  19. atzenicarlo says:

    The fountain reminds me of the fountain of Simonville.



  20. Your town is gorgeous. I hope to visit someday.

  21. Marion says:

    What a wonderful way to spend the day, Michel! A beautiful place filled with much charm. Thanks for sharing this with us, and the gorgeous photos! ❤

  22. Gill McGrath says:

    I love the way you describe the beautiful day you had ….on holiday…..at home. Lovely to hear the sounds.Thank you for this lovely post Michel x

  23. sunsetdragon says:

    What a wonderful vacation you are having in your own town. I love the fountain and the music-wonderful soothing music and soothing cool breeze from the fountain to cool you off.
    This is a bit of Heaven.

  24. vickyvix2 says:

    In the US, we call that a “staycation” (a vacation when you stay at home). It sounds lovely!

  25. Gracia McDairmant says:

    A stay at home vacation is a great way to relax. My brother and his wife are on vacation at a beach in Northern Spain. They did have almost the whole family with them. Then everyone left but the 2 of them, so they are staying a little longer to relax. He’s the one that is a jazz musician in Madrid.
    I sish I could come visit you, but I don’t think I will be traveling much anymore.

  26. cjc22 says:

    Such a beautiful town!! Or is it a city? Anyway, even in the bad heat you manage to get pictures and show and tell us such beautiful things. Thank you. I love learning about where you live and what you do. It has been exceptionally hot for a long time here, too. Where I live, in southwest Florida there is nearly always a breeze and that helps to make us feel a bit cooler. We will all be glad when the summer heat goes away. Then we can start complaining about the cold 🙂 Do take care and remember to smile and hug somebody.
    Hugs and smiles, Char

  27. Sartenada says:

    I have not visited there, but Your photos praise the beauty of Amiens! Je te souhaite une excellente après midi.

  28. marica0701 says:

    I am very slow to comment on blogs 😦

    This looks to have been a very fun and enjoyable weekend! Summer heat is annoying, but with the right activities, we don’t mind the heat as much 🙂

  29. cjjustice1 says:

    I feel like I was there with you hearing the band, watching the people, enjoying the time together! What a delightful day! 🙂

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