With its many superb state run forests, Picardy is the perfect alternative from the daily routine of Paris. All types of hundred year old trees, as well as different species of animal are abundant. Why not wake up to birdsong while working in Paris? Property here is still fairly affordable if you take account of the natural beauty of the place and the nearby capital. All types of house are for sale, including many farmhouses, renovated or not, because it is a very rural region. And why not mention the astonishing Bay of the Somme, archipelago of sandy islands and veritable reserve for birds of all kinds.