Picardy is connected by train to Paris, Lille, Calais or Boulogne. Beauvais has an airport with direct low-cost flights from the UK. Otherwise, Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport is just a few kilometres from the southern limits of the Picardy region. The A16, the A26 or the A1 motorway will connect drivers to Picardy quickly from the Paris region.
The Picardy region makes the most of its landscape with a wide variety of delicious foods made using fresh, local crops. Traditional Picardy markets offer gourmet products like pâté de canard (paté en croute) from Amiens or the Flamiche leek pie. Don’t miss the famous Chantilly whipped cream from the town of Chantilly, and gâteau battu – important features of Picardy cuisine.
In April every year, the Festival of Birds and Nature offers activities for bird enthusiasts, including birdwatching in the Somme Bay. The Rose Festival takes place in the lovely medieval town of Gerberoy, considered one of the most beautiful towns in France. The 3-day Fêtes des Bouffon features music, dancing, parades and entertainment in Saint-Quentin. If you’re a cheese lover, head to La Capelle in September to discover thousands of cheeses, yoghurts and other dairy products.
The song Roses of Picardy is a ballad written during World War I, the name of which was used as the title of a silent British film in 1927.
http://picardietourisme.com/fr/index.aspx (official tourist site)
http://www.picardie.fr/ (regional council)