The modern day region of Picardy [Picardie] was, before the last Ice Age, attached to the chalk lands of southern England. It is located in north-central France, just south of the English Channel and the French region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Its three départements are: Aisne, Oise and Somme.
In spite of its battle weary history, Picardy is a land of peace and tranquility. It has an unspoiled, beautiful and romantic shoreline alongside the English Channel, its forests and plateaus are restful and verdant, and the flow of its rivers and canals are virtually hypnotic and the inspiration of a treasure trove of French artists and writers.
The ancient French province of Picardy was divided to make the two modern regions, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. Parts of Champagne and Île-de-France were added to Picardy. Amiens was the capital of old Picardy and it remains the capital of the modern Picardy.