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Need Help with (mostly) Picardy Itinerary

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After our stay in Paris in September, we will head north for a few days. For a long time, I've wanted to see the cathedrals in Beauvais, Amiens and Laon. And, I'd like to visit some WW1 sites. Here's what I've come up with so far as a potential itinerary:

Day 1 - Early a.m. train to Beauvais - pick up rental car
Visit cathedral
Drive to Amiens
Visit cathedral and town
Overnight in Amiens (or Albert?)

Day 2 - WW1 sites in and near Albert
Drive to Arras for dinner and overnight

Day 3 - Drive to Laon (via Péronne for Historial, or not?)
Visit cathedral and town
Drive to Compiègne - visit Armistice site
Drive to CDG - turn in car - Overnight Ibis CDG

There have been some wonderful trip reports that have in part inspired these plans and been very helpful. Now I would really appreciate some help filling in some details.

Beauvais - Other than the cathedral, any suggestions of anything else not to be missed?

Amiens - Other than the cathedral, the St.-Leu quartier looks interesting. Anything else?
Also, any recommendations for lunch and/or dinner in Amiens?

Albert and area - We'll visit the Albert 1916 Museum, Thiepval and Beaumont-Hamel. Any other WW1 sites to recommend? Also may possibly overnight in Albert instead of Amiens. Since Albert is only a short distance from Amiens, would it make sense to head there late in the day to be better positioned for an early start the next day?

Arras - We will probably arrive late afternoon and leave the following morning early. Would like to see the beautiful main square, especially illuminated in the evening. Also would love to have restaurant recommendations.

Péronne - Wondering whether to go there for the Historial museum. We will be visiting the WW1 museum in Meaux as a daytrip from Paris, so including a visit to the Historial might not be the best use of our time on this day.

Laon - Other than the cathedral, what else should we see? Restaurant recommendation?

This planning has been hard for me as we usually are much more relaxed about it. But, because we only have a few days to accomplish what I'd love to have a week or more for, I feel the need to be very organized in advance. Looking forward to some comments and suggestions. Thanks!

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