“The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert; where a man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” Jules Verne
Jules Verne enjoyed living in Amiens. He called it a “levelheaded, polite, even-tempered town” with a “cordial and enlightened society.” It offered him more benefits. It was “close enough to Paris to enjoy its reflection without the insufferable noise and sterile agitation.” Best of all, Amiens was near his beloved Le Crotoy in the Baie de Somme, where he kept a boat named after his son, Le Saint-Michel.
Perhaps, the grandest event in Jules Verne life happened in Amiens. It’s where he met the love of his life. On a visit to Amiens to serve as best man for the wedding, he met and married Honorine de Viane Morel. From 1869 to 1871 the couple lived there, and it proved an inspirational period, one which saw the birth of his best-selling novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, much of which he’d written on his boat.
Jules Verne incorporated his passion for geography into his writing. His view of the world continues to enrich our lives today with his inventions and insights.
Amiens is about an hour from Paris by train. You can visit the father of science fiction writer’s luxurious home where he spent 18 years in the later part of the 19th century. His house is a museum that is alive with the actual furniture and memories from Jules Verne and his writing life. His rooms have the same furnishing as when Verne created Phileas Foggy and Captain Nemo.
Details for the Jules Verne House Tour
JulesVerneHouseTour is available every day from April to October.
After your house tour, you might enjoy a JulesVerneWalkingTour
of the city of Amiens.
Other ways to visit Amiens
Traveling from Paris to Amiens
Traveling by train is the most Eco-Friendly way to go to Amiens, but you could also consider TraveltoAmiens as other ways to visit.
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