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Oct 20, 2011 - Rouen

Rouen is a fabulous city. The Rouen Cathedral is really interesting because early, late, and flamboyant Gothic styles are side by side. Our guide is very interested in architecture so we got quite an education. Hhe also taught us about the timber frame and it's development. This is a city I would love to come back to.

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Oct 20, 2011 - Abbaye St. Wandrille

This afternoon we hopped on the bus and drove through the most beautiful countryside to the Abbaye St. Wandrille. We walked through the ruins of the old cathedral on the way to the present day church. These ruins were those of the 4th cathedral. The 1st was destroyed by lightning, the 2nd by the Vikings, the 3rd by a careless monk who knocked over a candle, and the 4th by the French Revolution who used it as a stone quarry.The new church is a 13th c. stable that was moved and completed in 1969. The woodwork in the ceiling is exquisite. It...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Les Andelys

This morning we cruised from Vernon to Les Andelys. The Chateau Gaillard of Richard the Lion Heart fame is here. I climbed up there after lunch - that was a hike but well worth it. The castle ruins were fun to explore and the views of the town were spectacular. The ship put on quite a parade with sparklers for Harry's birthday. His cake had a fireworks display that was pretty spectacular. I would love to figure out how to get them back to the States. The kids would love them!

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Oct 18, 2011 - Monet

These gardens are a real highlight! After going through Monet's house we were turned loose in the gardens. I don't have to tell you that Molly and I were in 7th heaven. What we couldn't get over was there were iris blooming. At home they are through by May. Most of the flowers were at least 4' tall so were walking through gorgeous alleys of flowers. The lily pond gardens, though carefully planted, look wild. With the fall color beginning it was beautiful. Monica, the dahlia picture was taken for you. You wouldn't believe the variety of them...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Monday Day 14-Rouen & Paris "Julia in Rouen:An Opening Up of the Soul and Spirit."

Monday June 20 Day 14 Well today the forecast is cloudy with a chance of rain---and we’re off to Rouen. Of all places on this epicurean journey one might ask why Rouen? Apparently, besides being a medieval town (designed by a Viking in 911) and being the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431 there is also a famous restaurant there- the 14thcentury La Couronne. Built in 1345, it is not only the oldest restaurant in France---but it is also the site where Paul took Julia for her first French meal and is credited with being...

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Jun 3, 2011 - Vernon, Giverny, les Andelys

We left Conflans last night about 7PM, we wake up today in Vernon. Vernon was a critical area during the time of the rivalry between the Capetians and the Plantagenets..how well do you remember your history?? Our excursion this morning was actually to another small town just outside of Vernon, Giverny. While travelling on a train Claude Monet noticed this village. He rented a house, which he eventually bought, created the gardens and proceeded to paint some of his most famous works such as the water lillies and the Japanese bridge....

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May 20, 2011 - Le Havre, France and on to Paris

We skipped Le Havre for a bus tour to Paris that gave us 3 1/2 hours on our own after a city tour. The bus ride to Paris was long, over 2 hours. The man in front of us was coughing, but we couldn’t move. Will Richard get sick? (Yes he did) Our guide was good and the driver was good but he didn't speak English. After stopping at a rest stop for a pee break the air conditioning in the bus stopped working. Paris is congested. We drove down the Champs Elysee, saw the Arc de Triomphe, all the fashion stores, the Louvre, the Pantheon, Notre...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Louviers & Rouen

Entry number 100 in the blog! A milestone! We've come inland a bit, to Louviers just south of Rouen. Doing a little bit of walking in the ancient Louviers forest, before heading to Rouen tomorrow, and then back to the coast. Only 6 days until we leave. It's strange, we're definately in wind-down mode. We've started to do such practical things, like make arrangements for the handover of the house, getting our jobs organised, putting the van up for sale. This is definately all coming to an end, isn't it? We're looking forward to coming...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Monet's Gardens

Vernon and Giverney (Claude Monet's house and famous gardens) We did have some difficulties getting here (Vernon) from Eu... Firstly, when we arrived at the town square beside the cathedral in Eu for the bus from Eu to Dieppe, we discovered it was market day; the place was crammed with vendors and it was obvious the bus was not going to arrive there. Fortunately, it was late enough in the morning for the tourist office across the square to be open, and they informed us that on market days the bus leaves from another place… about 10 minutes’...

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Oct 15, 2010 - Ville d'Eu

It is the wee hours of the morning (2 am), and I am sitting with my laptop in the corridor of the youth hostel in Eu, Normandy (just east of Dieppe). Unfortunately, I can't get internet connection in our room, so I’m sitting on a hard bench in the silent hallway downstairs, while Kirianne sleeps upstairs. This hostel is interesting – it’s the former kitchen outbuilding for the huge chateau of Eu, residence of the Dukes of Normandy (and later kings), built some 500 years ago! Our travel plans have been disrupted by a train workers’ strike -...

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Oct 10, 2010 - Nous sommes en FRANCE! Dieppe

Nous sommes en France!!! in a lovely seaside hotel in Dieppe. We arrived from England by ferry yesterday. (Thankfully a smooth sailing.) It's a fantastically sunny warm day here; Kirianne and I just spent the last couple hours on the beach! (not actually swimming, since K has a cold and it seems a bit foolhardy to immerse oneself in the English Channel in mid October, don't you think?) Anyway, I was lying on the cobbles (it isn't a sandy beach but rather smooth stones, average size of ping pong to tennis balls - murder on the feet to walk...

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