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Rouen - Jeanne d'Art

Lucked into Music Festival

sunny 70 °F
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The train is not until noon and we are right across the street from the train station, so it's a day to sleep in, at least for some. It's a short train ride from Le Havre to Rouen, but these trains are commuter trains without any assigned seats, so it can be adventure to get all of us all with our luggage...

With the scare of places closing at 2pm though, we needed to eat right across from the train station when we arrive in Rouen. The waiter is a friendly, funny guy and happy to accommodate the 8 of us, with all of our luggage. Food was pretty good as well.

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With full bellies, we start the luggage drag through town. All along the way, we see plenty of places open and serving food (a bit bewildered). We have the typical experience of too many leaders, GPS signals being lost, a few missteps, etc. But we make the trek to the hotel to drop off all of the gear. With the help of the hotel staff, we get dinner reservations setup and venture out exploring.

They have a Notre Dame Cathedral (like many cities) which is nice and very nearby there's a Catholic Church (not sure what the difference is...). And lots of quaint and interesting buildings, clock tower, etc. The Jeanne d'Art site (where she was burned) houses a 3D movie, which we decided to pass on - but of course, we did partake in the toursy "Dame Cakes" which were very good indeed.

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Thirsty now, we decided to trek to a cool beer bar that I had read about (sans Kate, who goes back to the hotel for her typical afternoon nap). The bar is very good and the area is teeming with people and tons of local musicians on the corners. We met a nice couple from Chicago/England and they gave us a few pointers, especially for our Reims revisit. We are still perplexed on why this "sleepy" town is so packed with people...

Dinner is right around the corner by the Jeanne of Arc church - and the square there is packed with people. The dinner is nice, although I would find out later that some did not enjoy their beef that much (French beef is always very rare, no matter how you ask for it to be cooked :)).

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It is a sea of people after dinner and we just know we have stumbled into some holiday or festival or something. We would find out in the morning that indeed there was a festival this weekend. We stopped to enjoy part of the light show at the Cathedral (a summer ritual it seems, but more packed because of the festival).

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All in all, a great little town to add along our route (and it reminded Gwen and I very much of our lovely little home town, Konstanz, Germany a few years ago - well actually, many years ago now, but who's counting)...

Posted by M6-Greg 23:59 Archived in France

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