How can this magical place still exist in the middle of a bustling French city?
Since the Middle Ages there have been market garden plots here at Hortillonnages in Amiens, Northern France. Though horrific battles raged on its banks during the First and Second World Wars it has lived to bloom another day.
Birds and other wild creatures savour the richness of this wildness within a City.
Around fifty small islands, connected by narrow, richly overgrown canals, are still farmed for vegetables and flowers and a market is held here once a week.
There is no electricity on the small islands and the cottages built there are modest but charming.
The traditional flat bottomed boats, resembling gondolas, ferry tourists around this bucolic and gentle place.