My Bags are Packed, I’m Ready to Go - Skipping About the Continent - CycleBlaze

June 7, 2022 to June 10, 2022

My Bags are Packed, I’m Ready to Go

After learning Tuesday morning that the replacement derailleur hanger had finally arrived at my local shop, I headed for Amiens to reunite Scott Anderson with his errant Pendleton shirt, which had somehow turned up at their Paris hotel. I arrived in Amiens mid-afternoon, greeted by Rachael while Scott was out for a loop ride on the Noye. It wasn't long before Scott returned and after a couple of hours of idle chatting we headed for dinner at a local brasserie located near the Horloge Dewailly – known by locals as Marie-sans-chemise. When we emerged from the restaurant, the streets were aglow in the warmth of the setting sun. We ambled over to the magnificent Amiens cathedral, delighting in the intricate gargoyles and the stories they told, intended tales or those imagined by us. 

At Gare du Nord, ready to board the train for Amiens
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Arriving in Amiens sporting a family treasure. Photo credit to Rachael Anderson
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Rachael in Amiens, navigating the way back to their apartment
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The Horloge Dewailly, with the Amiens Cathedral in the background The clock is known by locals as Marie-sans-chemise, a moniker that reflects the half-naked lady at the base of the clock.
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Scott and Rachael are puzzled why the placard in front of the Horloge Dewailly is all about Jules Verne and his female characters - with no mention of the clock. It is true that Jules Verne and his wife Honorine lived in Amiens for 18 years, but I'm still puzzled.
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Evening walk in Amiens, heading for the cathedral
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In Amiens
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Scott provides more information on the cathedral as well as interior photos in his post https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/europe2022/in-amiens-day-two/
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The door of the Amiens Cathedral
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Just a small sampling of the sculptures above the west door of the Amiens Cathedral
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We took real delight in the depiction in the middle panel in this section of the tympanun. The naked sinners on the right are being pushed into the mouth of a dragon by a devil-like monster while the clothed faithful on the left are guided by an angel thru a doorway to heaven
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A little greenery on the west face of the Amiens Cathedral
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A closer look - captions welcomed
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Keith AdamsThat's a chia pet!

That's a heck of an afro on that [goat] [cow] [fish] [horse] [duck].

Gasping for air under all that hair.
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1 month ago
Scott AndersonThis is so strange. I looked for it the next day and couldn’t find it. Maybe someone went up and gave him a buzz cut overnight.
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1 month ago
Rachael was the first to spot the "Ostrich building"
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A closer look
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In Amiens
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In Amiens
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I stayed overnight in Amiens, waking Wednesday morning to gray skies and drizzle. Rachael and I made a croissant run, staying mostly dry, and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of pastries, scrambled eggs, and copious amounts of coffee. By 9 am it was clear that the rain had settled in, squashing our plans for a morning exploration of Amiens. I booked the 10:06 train back to Paris, said my good-byes and braved the soggy streets for the 15 minute walk to the train station.

I’d received word Tuesday night that Vivien George was ready to go – great joy and relief! Once back in Paris, I headed over to L’Hirondelle.  Max wasn’t there when I arrived but Jimmy was all smiles as he wheeled Vivien George out to the register. I pulled up my Cycle Blaze post with his and Max’s picture and he promised to share it with all the shop guys. After many thanks, I took Vivien George for spin through the local streets and everything seemed to be in working order. Slovenia here we come!

Happy to be back home with all parts intact
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The new derailleur hanger in place and all gears in working order
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The "other half" of the broken derailleur hanger after removal from bike frame. It's a keepsake for sure - maybe a necklace or keyring.
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Rich FrasierMaybe you should order another spare…just in case?
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1 month ago
Shoutout to Max and the guys at L'Hirondelle
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Leaving on a jet plane
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Susan CarpenterHvala vam, Scott
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1 month ago
Suzanne GibsonNothing can stop you! You made it to Slovenia. Can't wait for pictures and stories!
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