Saturday, May 9, 2015

Baie de Somme

The Bay of Somme is in Parcardy, France less than four hours from London. It is the largest estuary of the north of France at 72 km2. It is known as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. 

One can stay at the, Three Musketeers tree house.

Saltmeadow sheep arrive to the sea in late September where also a unique colony of seals can be seen.

 Nearby in Amiens is the largest Gothic structure ever built and is a World Heritage Site, Towers of Amiens Cathedral. At night a light show called 'The Cathedral in Colours' brings it to life through the projection of high-definition digital coloured images.

Salicornia or samphire "wild" plant grows in the mudflats and salt meadows. It has adapted to the salty waters and is known as halophilic, liking salty soil. Is is harvested early, "fishermen on foot" as one would harvest clams. It is desired when tender and is collected May through September for salads and for production of soap, glass and soda. It is a rich source of vitamins and 90% of the national production is from Somme Bay yielding 400-500 tons annually. It is also preserved in vinegar as pickleweed. Yum!

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