Our away-day trip to Laon was overdue. Laon is the medieval capital of France. Charlemagne was born there. It boasts the oldest Cathedral in the country. The views from the ramparts (if you can find a place to park) are spectacular.
We arrived after a leisurely lunch on the way down at the Auberge de Vendeul. We climbed up to the Cathedral from the first car park which is just outside the entrance gate of the old town. After the visit to the Cathedral, we shopped in the town where MWNN discovered a shop selling tea and some wonderful freshly-ground coffee.
At tea time, we picnicked in the car park overlooking the view of the countryside far below.
It's a fascinating town (city?) with a long history.