Friday, October 23, 2015

Our day in Rouen continued! Avalon River Cruise - day 6 June 24, 2015

After we left the cathedral, our guide took us through the town of Rouen, telling us about its history.  He was a fantastic storyteller, as so many of the guides we had on this trip were!





And of course mixed in with the stories, there are always the most picturesque shops in these towns!



One of the Joan of Arc historical sites



The tiny streets in the oldest part of the town that remains







And of course a statue of Claude Monet!  Seems he was all over the Normandy region!


Even some more contrast in architecture, here you can see the Normandy style buildings in the background and in the front is one of the oldest remaining buildings which I believe has been converted into an apartment building.




We walked around until we ended up back at the Cathedral, which really was the center of the city! 





But our tour wasn't over yet!  Next we would walk down the Rue du Gros Horloge which is really a great shopping street, mixed with old and new stores, but the highlight is this Great Clock Tower!  Its mechanism is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1389!




Not only was the clock tower very cool, and much larger than you can imagine by looking at the pictures, but the entire atmosphere of the street was just a lot of fun!  We definitely would be coming back here after our tour!




I was definitely on picture overload! 





And this is the Clock Tower from the other side...




One of my favorite windows in France!






The last stop on our tour would be the Joan of Arc Church...it's a modern design, quite interesting actually! This church, the Ste-Jeanne d'Arc was built on the spot where she was burned at the stake.  The outside really doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the city, but the inside has some amazing stained glass!







And we finished our morning tour of Rouen at the spot where Joan of Arc was in fact burned at the stake, which is where the tree below stands, they say.  Her story was actually much more involved than what I had thought, as stories often are! It was very interesting!  




It was time to head back to the ship for lunch....and then Carol and I had the rest of the day to come back into town and explore on our own!  

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