Welcome to Laon
The holy French town of Laon rises one hundred metres from the flat Picardy plain and there's been a settlement here since before Roman times. Its old town has a number of medieval buildings, including a cathedral and so it's a delightful place to stop for lunch a wander to escape the autoroute. You can spot the cathedral sitting proudly on the plateau from quite a distance away.
The town has the only fully automated municipal cable car system in the world, which links the upper town (the historical centre, located on a plateau) with the lower town. It has three stations and runs on rubber tyres.