Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sept. 6, Tuesday, Rouen. Alert! Museums are closed on Tuesdays.

We chose to visit Rouen for our day trip outside Paris because it's an easy, 1 hour train ride from Gare St. Lazare, it has an interesting history (including Joan of Arc's demise here), a cathedral that Monet painted 31 times, one of France's finest collection of medieval half-timbered houses still in use, and an excellent art museum that's rarely crowded. It was supposed to be a sunny day, too.

Wellll, we struck out on most counts, but everything was salvaged by a pleasant train ride along the Seine, a fine leisurely lunch in a corner restaurant, and some fun Christmas shopping along the pedestrian streets. We certainly hope to return and spend more time, but NOT on a Tuesday. Imagine a librarian failing to do her homework before the visit! Shocking, eh?

This is the square where young Joan met her fate, but the modern church carrying her name is soooo ugly we refuse to show it!

Sadly, they are building a very modern apt. building abutting the left side of the Cathedral. Sigh.....

Did I mention we had an excellent lunch in a small cafe - Lili Jean? My omeltte and Louie's confit of pork cheeks were terrific.

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