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Jun 5, 2018 - Rouen

Day 18. Rouen 5/6/18. Tuesday. Wet and overcast 13-24 degrees The boat is staying put in Rouen today, and some people have opted for the full day Somme tour, others for the guided tour of Rouen and we’re having a sleep-in! We were finally up and ready for breakfast at 8.30, and then back to our room to rest, do some laundry and get some order into the chaos of my (L) packing. We went down to the lounge for coffee at 11, and soon enough, it was time for lunch. A lovely, lazy morning. After lunch the rain eased, so we went for a walk into the...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Rouen

Day 17. Rouen 4/6/18. Monday. Overcast, some light rain 15-24 degrees Last night’s dinner was another selection of tastes. Tony, I hope you would be proud of me for going out of my comfort zone and at least trying some of the foods....but I just couldn’t come at the snails, and I tried caviar a few nights ago and I didn’t like it, so gave that a miss. I’m cheap to keep!!! But it was a good fun night, followed by great entertainment in the lounge. I think I mentioned that lots of people on the cruise were coughing and sneezing, and we did...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Rouen

The weather is holding up for us. It's getting colder as we get nearer the coast of the Atlantic Ocean - 50's in the morning but warms up in the afternoon - 60's. And as fall progresses. There's always a forecast for some rain but last night was the first time we got any, and it was clear today!!! Rouen is a thriving merchant city encircled by wooded hills. It was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of Medieval Europe. It was the capital of the Anglo-Norman dynasty which ruled both England and large parts of France from the 11th...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Rouen - Normandy

Today was a much slower day, and our tour today was a cooking class with a French chef There were only 24 of us from the ship of approx. 127 people who wanted to do the cooking class. We all went on a bus and then were divided up into 2 groups. The first group (which was us) went into a small shop front with a chef and an interpreter and we were to make Macarons. The other group were to make sweet pastry items like an éclair. Our chef was a very funny man and could speak very little English so the interpreter (a young chap) did a great job....

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Feb 20, 2016 - Paris and Rouen

We returned from Geneva in time for our much awaited attendance at the chatelet theatre for a performance of Kiss Me Kate directed by David Charles Abell. This is one of my very favorite musicals. My favorite version is the Broadway production of just a few years ago. This production was very good, not quite as fabulous as the Broadway production, but still very satisfying. Two days later we had tickets for a very different theatre experience at the auditorium of the Bastille opera. La belle mere amoureuse, a parody of Hippolyte and Aricie...

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Lavender's Travels

Jun 14, 2015 - Rouen - Day 21

Today marks the end of the UK leg of our trip and the start of our tour of Brittany. Our bags were packed and I had settled our account with the hotel before we wandered down Gloucester Road for a light breakfast. It started to spit as we returned to the hotel to pickup our bags, departing for Gloucester Station at 0915hrs. As we were all departing via the Piccadilly line, but in different directions, we bade farewell to Jan in the tunnel and took our train to St Pancras station. This is a modern very comfortable and busy terminal and our...

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Nov 14, 2013 - In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips~Author Unknown

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips~Author Unknown On Sunday, we decided to go to Mont St Michel, one of the most visited places in all of France, right behind Paris. Naturally we picked the worst day to do it, the Sunday of a three day holiday weekend, and the roads and parking lot were packed. Mary and I had seen this place on the Europe trip in 1971 and we wanted to see it again. I’m beginning to think that maybe that part of my journey needs to be let go. So far, the places I’ve re-visited have mostly made me sad,...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Still in Rouen

Quietish day today in Rouen, we spent a large part of the day walking the streets checking out the shops (they let me look in a bike shop just to keep me happy), the houses and other buildings. More of that in a minute. We did stop off to have lunch in a small restaurant that had a very attractive courtyard that did its job and lured us in. It was slightly more expensive than we have been paying but the location and ambiance made up for that. For lunch, most restaurants have an offering at a set price of either an entree and a main course...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Rouen

Not much to report tonight, which will please some of you, I'm sure. It was another transition day today. We left Lisieux for Falaise in search of a pattisserie that we were told was must but when we got there we found that it was closed on Mondays. C'est la vie!, so we settled for the next best and had several fruit tarts. Didn't spend a lot of time in Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conquerer, but it was sobering again to read that after not having any damage done to the town since the 16th century, the place was almost completely...

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May 13, 2013 - Rouen and Honfleur

We had a long drive to Rouen today, to see the famous cathedral and an impressionist art exhibition. This is the town where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Today we found it to be a most charming place, with interesting architecture and beautiful shops. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen is a huge Gothic structure. The current building was started in the 12th century. It is seen in many paintings by Monet. He did a series of over 30 paintings of the cathedral in the 1890s. The building itself is immense and has suffered much damage...

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Nov 7, 2012 - Bad, Bad Guide

sailed during the night and arrived this morning at Rouen. This is the halfway point between Paris and the sea. Considered the capital of upper Normandy, it is the region's largest city with population of 200,000. Founded by the Romans as Rotamagus. Christianity arrived in the 3rd century and became the seat of a bishopric. It suffered much during Viking raids, once almost completely destroyed. It was rebuilt many times until WWII. Many historical buildings have been rebuilt and restored. Rouen has been a bone of contention between England...

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Out in Africa

Aug 26, 2012 - Drive to Rouen

Today’s itinerary will take us from Chartres northwards towards Rouen, and then west to Caen where we will spend the night. All up the driving time should be about 3.5 hours. We were a bit tired from last night’s light show, so we’re taking our time this morning and leaving a bit later. The drive out of the Loire region (where Chartres is located) was due to take about 2hrs, and we had planned to get there around midday, so we could eat lunch, but we ended up leaving Chartres about 12.30. I walked around a little bit in the morning to take...

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