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So close to Paris, with one foot in Champagne and the other in Picardy, is the Aisne department.
Be sure to visit the artistic city of Saint-Quentin, steeped in Flemish and Gothic art as well as Art Deco…
Take time to admire the architecture, to go for a trip on one of the many canals and observe the wealth of plant and wildlife at the Marais d’Isle … Like Maurice Quentin de la Tour, be inspired by its delicate, pastel shades!
An inland port at the heart of Picardy, the Saint-Quentinois is a large fertile plain dotted with lakes and pools, marshes and canals – ideal for pleasure craft.
A lovely mosaic of colours that change with the seasons and a treasure house of plant and wildlife, such as can be observed in the extraordinary Marais d’Isle nature reserve.
There is an unmistakably Flemish air in the city of Saint-Quentin and its surrounding villages. The finest examples of Flemish architecture are to be seen in the “Grand’Place” of Saint-Quentin but this city also boasts some superb examples of other architectural movements, in particular Gothic and Art Deco.
The beauties of this city and its setting, where the textile industry still survives, were no doubt an inspiration to its two native artists: the pastellist Maurice Quentin de la Tour and Matisse who used the textile workshops to produce fabrics printed or woven with his designs.