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Rouen, rich in every sense

Why shall people visit Rouen, the capital of Normandy/France? Well, for several reasons. The Cathedral of Rouen is famous worldwide, for Monet's paintings (some are in the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts, others are at Orsay Museum). Rouen was the city where Joanne d'Arc was burnt by the English, with approval (at least omission) of the Catholic Church. Rouen is the city closer to Paris where you can see the representation of normand peculiar architecture. The Ceramic Museum, with all its porcelanes, most of them blue, is really beautiful.

You can sense the richness of the city in every aspect: the way people deal with their cultural (mainly architectonical) heritage, the prices in the magazines (wow!), the way people dress. Rich history of an artistic people: more than all the battles won by the normands, the fine gothic cathedrals and other buildings are the images that we keep in mind, after visiting this charming place.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Close to Paris and representative of a brilliant architecture (and culture, in general)
  • Cons:Very cold and windy, even on October
  • In a nutshell:It worths; take the train at Gare St. Lazaire
  • Last visit to Rouen: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • morgane1692's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2004 at 3:11 PM

    yes, Rouen is very much worth a day's trip from Paris, even a night. amazing, isn't it, to be standing and walking where so much incredible history occured. you seem a little too happy there at the Jeanne Brulee site though, hmmm...


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