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Rouen

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  • Day3

    Rouen

    August 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We spent a lot of the time revisiting places we saw yesterday but had a closer look at the clock tower and wandered further afield away from the old town but it really is the old parts that hold most of the attraction but we managed to stop several times for coffee and just people watched. The last two days have been hot, up to 33 degrees, but because the old buildings are tall, we managed to stay a lot of the time in the shade.Read more

  • Day509

    Rouen the saga continues

    August 14 in France ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    We are at the yard at 9 when we were told the crane would be there, it’s already arrived but is too small to lift boat so driver is trying to get a larger crane to come. Christophe won’t speak to driver about our mast although it turns out small crane is sat there for 2hours doing nothing. Larger crane arrives but again Christophe won’t ask, says crane here just to do boat then goes. He also says he has decided it’s not safe to use his crane and when we ask what we should do he says he is too busy and walks off. We make a note of crane company name and send them an email, I also contact a number of transport companies to get quotes for moving the mast to somewhere with a working lift.
    We decide to head to town again and visit some of the free museums. Even after yesterday nights thunder storm it’s still very warm but this time we did manage to cycle in as John had replaced the punctured inner tubes. We visited the wrought iron museum that was really interesting, then the ceramic museum not so good, pieces all of similar age, style and colour. We look at a few more churches and find a tearoom with gluten free cakes, we buy a few and some normal ones for me, then head to the tourist information to see if they can assist with our mast problem. The girl we spoke to was great, she phoned the firm that had been at the yard and managed to arrange for an English speaker from the company to meet us at the yard tomorrow morning at 10:30, fingers crossed this is going to be OK, we have received a couple of replies from transport companies €750-1000 for moving mast. We are feeling positive as we return to the bikes, bugger it’s starting to spit, crickey the skies open it hammers down. We sought shelter and waited about 40mins, thank goodness we had cakes to see us through. It eases off and we head back fortunately we had closed most of the windows on board so only a few places to be mopped before tea and bed.
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  • Day2

    Rouen France

    August 24, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    We had a very smooth crossing of the English Channel and, not surprisingly, a smooth journey up the river to the old city of Rouen, arriving there mid to late morning. We had travelled passed Rouen by car in the past many times but this was the first time that we were going to spend some time in the city and we were looking forward to the two night stay. We did not have much opportunity of seeing the landscape surrounding the river on our journey to the city as a lot of the journey was undertaken overnight, but we will have more chance on our return.

    We took the shuttle bus from the ship and were dropped off quite close to the cathedral but we wandered off through the narrow streets and passed the many old and beautiful buildings that dominate the old part of the city. We eventually arrived at the ‘Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake on 30th May 1431. There is a memorial commemorating her death. The square is dominated by very old buildings, the oldest dating back to the 14th century. We carried on walking to the cathedral and spent some time inside looking at the architecture and the tomb of King Richard the Lionheart. There is a lot of interest in the city and we intended to walk further the following day.
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  • Day507

    Rouen and the mast saga

    August 12 in France ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We were up bright an early to see Christophe at the yard, he wasn’t so early but he did arrive. ‘What mast, no I have nothing, let me see’, none of this bothered us as we had seen the mast yesterday and knew it was there. ‘Oh is it this one, there is no label’. He was right but there were two pretty obvious sections where the wrapping had been removed ummm. ‘ My travel lift is broken since end of June, I don’t know when it is repaired, I couldn’t tell you as no details on the mast’. Well OK no details but we had emailed about its delivery a couple of days before it arrived to let him know it would be there the Tuesday after the bank holiday Monday and who accepts a mast they are not expecting? He had our details and just hoped lift would be repaired. He has no idea when it will be fixed, John asks about hiring Hi-abs or mobile cranes, nothing, he Christophe suggests we just go home wait and come back later. We can’t do this. ‘Oh there is a mobile crane coming tomorrow to lift another boat we ask him to do mast or maybe as it is travel lift not crane attachment that is broken I do on Friday’. Great so we get mast ready attaching cross trees fixing mast light etc. Then go into town for a look around, John has two flat tyres so we walk. Centre of town is very pretty, again loads of timbered houses and shops, a far few churches and a cathedral. The religious buildings are so incredibly decorative internally and even more so externally.Read more

  • Day512

    Re-stepped

    August 17 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    It happened, the meeting with the crane hire company on Friday went well and it was agreed we would all meet Monday at 8am for the mast to be put back on. We were told where and how to moor up, discussed where to lift mast, how to release strops etc. Only downside was it was going to cost €400 for the crane versus the €156 we’d been quoted by the yard. I decided it was worth it as we had no idea when the yard crane would be repaired.
    We spent the weekend in preparation both for re stepping the mast, (where had we put the ropes, pulleys, bottle screws), and for going home ( packing some clothes , throwing others out, sorting through bedding). We did manage a bike ride on Sunday between the showers and went down stream up to Le Bouille for a coffee. The first section of the river was very industrial, cereal silos, sand, scrap yards but then they gave way to little villages and fancy Chateaus.
    This morning we were ready and waiting by 7:45 crane arrived at 8 but.... Christophe, the yard manager, didn’t arrive till 9 and the crane driver wouldn’t do anything without him even though when he did arrive he didn’t do anything just left John to attach strops and release rope. The crane driver was efficient and the lift and lower went off with out a hitch, mast and stays all in place and we were back on the mooring by 10:30. Then came the hard bit, where on earth did all the bits of rope and pulleys go? What about the bolt for the boom, where had we put that? But by 14:00 it was all sorted, we think everything is in the right place. Only the foresail to reattach and it had got a bit breezy for us to do that. A few extra bits of shopping and we’re already for an early morning departure. Thank goodness 😅
    We also had a very cute early evening visitor a blue eyed, long haired Siamese coloured cat came for a look around and a quick pat. We later found out it had decided to stay the night but was no bother.
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  • Day5

    Rouen

    September 22, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    When we were first married we saw three views of the Rouen Cathedral at the National Gallery in Washington. Then and there we fell in love with the work of Claude Monet. Today we visited that cathedral, along with the Parish Church of St. Maclou and the Church of St. Ouen. I was able to pay photographic homage to Monet by attempting to duplicate his beautiful images on this rainy Saturday. I had not realized before that the heart of Richard the Lionhearted is entombed here, along with the remains of Rollo, the first Viking Duke of Normandy. We also went to the place where Joan of Arc was tried, then to the church which has been built over the site of her execution. This modern structure, built in 1979 incorporates stained glass windows salvaged from churches of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that were destroyed in World War II. A visit to Rouen’s Museum of Fine Arts capped off a wonderful afternoon. We saw one of Monet’s views of the Rouen Cathedral right here in Rouen. There was also a wonderful painting by Pisarro of the Pont Boïldieu, the bridge by which the Viking Rinda is docked. At night there was a sound and laser light show, using the facade of the cathedral as a screen. One presentation gave the history of the Viking invasion of Normandy, and another gave the story of William the Conqueror.Read more

  • Day9

    Rouen

    June 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After a couple of hours driving, and a couple of breaks in the aires for drink and a picnic we arrived in Rouen. Roadworks made us detour to a different car park but a short walk later we were in our hotel. Our room was on the 4th floor and had a spectacular view of the old court building. We went for a walk around the old medieval town and stopped off for galettes in a well reviewed creperie. We’ve enjoyed Rouen each time we have been and should spend longer next time.Read more

  • Day5

    Notre Dame Cathedral, Rouen

    October 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    This cathedral is considered a landmark of art history. Visitors are seeing
    essentially what Claude Monet saw as he painted 30 different studies of the frilly
    Gothic facade at various times of day. There's been a church on the cathedral's
    site for more than a thousand years. The building present today was constructed
    between the 12th and 14th centuries, though lightening strikes, wars (the
    cathedral was devastated in WWII fighting), and other destructive forces meant
    constant rebuilding.
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  • Day5

    Church of St. Joan of Arc

    October 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Church of Saint Joan of Arc (Église Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc) - completed in 1979, the
    church feels Scandinavian inside and out--another reminder of Normandy's
    Nordic roots. Sumptuous 16th-century windows, salvaged from the former
    Egise St. Vincent, bombed out in 1944, were worked into the soft architectural
    lines. The shape of the roof is supposed to symbolize the flames of Joan's fire.
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  • Day5

    Exploring Rouen

    October 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Rouen is an ancient city on the Seine in the north of France. Once the capital of
    the Duchy of Normandy, it was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of
    medieval Europe. The city has a turbulent history. It was devastated by fire and
    plague several times during the Middle Ages, and was occupied by the English
    during the Hundred Years War. Joan of Arc was tried for heresy and burned at the
    stake in Rouen in 1431. And during WWII, Allied bombing raids laid waste to
    large parts of the city.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Rouen, ሩዋን, Ruán, Roðem, روان, Ruan, Горад Руан, Руан, Rouan, Ρουέν, Rueno, Erruan, Roeaan, רואן, रुआं, Ռուան, URO, ルーアン, რუანი, 루앙, Rothomagus, Ruanas, Ruāna, रोआँ, Roan, رؤن, 76000, Ruão, รูอ็อง, Rovan, 盧昂, 鲁昂

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