Jules Verne lived in this city in the north of France for almost twenty years, so don’t be surprised when you see his name on local hotels and the town's university. As well as being proud of the famous author, Amiens can boast of having many excellent green spaces, including the floating gardens – plots of land divided by canals that can only be reached by boat. The Cathedrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens is one of the biggest gothic cathedrals ever built, and is free to visit all year round. The nearby Quartier Saint-Lieu has narrow streets with boutiques, book shops and art galleries; you can even tour the area by horse-drawn carriage if you wish. And of course, if you’re a fan of Mssr. Verne don’t forget the Maison de Jules Verne, the house where he wrote many of his famous novels.