In 486 A.D. France was born in the Picardy region when King Clovis made Soissons the first capital of the Franks. Later on Hugues Capet was crowned in Noyon in 987 A.D.
The capital of Picardy (Amiens) has been honored by UNESCO for its rich architectural heritage. The region of Picardy is full of Gothic cathedrals and buildings including the Chateau de Chantilly (pictured above).
The region begins 30 km's north of Paris and is replete with lakes, rivers, dunes, cliffs and vast beaches.