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Amiens Water Market

Amiens (30 Somme, Hauts de France) is mainly known for its gothic cathedral, but in June holds a traditional water market in the Saint Leu district.

HortillonnagesOrganised at the same time as the Town Festival, the water market (Marché sur l’eau traditionnel des Hortillonnages)revives the market gardening tradition of the 19th century in Amiens – 17 June 2018 (10.00-13.00)

Once a year, as part of the Town festival, the water market takes place as it did in years gone by. The ‘hortillons’ (market gardeners of the ‘hortillonnages’ water gardens), in traditional dress, row down the Somme in local boats, loaded with vegetables, red fruits and flowers, as far as place Parmentier.

There, they dock their boats, set up their tables, and the market can get going.

With its odours and costumes, this colourful market retraces the ancestral tradition of authentic products from the hortillonnages floating gardens.

St-Leu is north of the town centre. Its has many older houses and numerous canals. Once a poor area, it has become popular with tourists and students since extensive renovation in the 1990s- now an attractive area with cafés, restaurants and night clubs.

for more info see

At the same time (15-17 June 2018) Amiens holds its annual international Street Arts Festival (Festival International des Arts d’espace public) – “Several companies will play in the streets, in the districts, on the squares, on the boulevards : parades, street theatre, comedians, circus…” – see

see also article on the Water Market in the Telegraph at

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