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Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen July 26th 2016

So, here we are again and this time it's not so much around Europe in a van, more round Europe hoping not to give birth. Theoretically there are a good ten weeks before the bladder puncher makes an appearance but there's a big part of me fully expecting a Slovenian birth or similar. At least I have the best issuance money can buy ( but not a car seat......) So this year we headed to Calais in the car expecting delays and carnage. Instead we had the easiest journey through the port and on to the ferry that we've ever had. A calm sailing and we landed in an equally quiet Calais and headed to Rouen. Given my current hefty with child state the only thing I can really comment on fully are the public toilets ... read more

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen June 9th 2015

After arriving late in Paris we got transport to go to our hotel which was an hour drive away from the airport. Very tired we had to wait for the room to be ready but a coffee helped with the waiting. For the next three days we had the city of Paris for ourselves. Lots to see although we have been there several times. But Paris is Paris and has it's romantic moments. For us well we love Paris. That night we enjoyed a meal at the place we always go. Beef Tartar is the dish I go for Liz is not so for raw meat but with some salt and pepper, you can't have any better. Next day we went to the Notre Dame but not to see the church but for a chapel behind ... read more

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen April 29th 2014

Photos from Day 5, Normandy Beaches Normandy, the jackpot of the trip, the hook that promised to bring the Americans... Normandy represents a time when all of France liked us Americans, except, of course, the Germans who occupied her. 148 of the 150 passengers on this cruise were from the USA. The two exceptions, Ron & Shiela, wereexceptional people. They said they were from Yorkshire, and from their accents I'd say they were talking about the county in England. I'd see them here or there throughout the trip, and each time seemed to be a moment of reverie when I drifted off musing to myself and (usually Ron) would intercept and seem to share the feeling. Wish I had more opportunity to sit and talk with them. There was about a 2-hour bus ride from Rouen ... read more
Ageless Plea
For the one that got away
Longues Sur Mer

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen April 28th 2014

Photos from Day 4, Rouen Ah, Rouen, my favorite place. Loved the feel of this place, and the way the French pronounce the name. Some would say "Wahn," while others rolled an R at the beginning, and only rarely would you hear two syllables. We arrived here mid morning giving me a chance to ride on deck to watch our ship sailing under the Gustave Flaubert Bridge where we made a U-turn to dock facing back down the Seine. Of course, I wasn't able to get any great shots of it –the gallery has photo 4, but if the reader would like a few more, just ask or look it up online. The tide clock in photo 5 was right outside our stateroom and there was a brasserie right next to it. Our group met our ... read more
Lost without a lollipop
Le Gros Horloge
Organ & Alter

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen June 14th 2013

The armada of Rouen, every 4 or 5 years, gather a lot of ships coming from all the world. This year, from Russia, France, Brasil, Poland, Mexico, Sweden, The netherlands, The united kingdom, Bulgaria, Portugal, Oman, and Germany. That's the worst time to visit Rouen due to the mass of people in the city, you can't drive, you can't park, you can't ride bike...Paris it's a ghost city compared to Rouen during Armada ! So, be prepare ! But, if you like ships, especially, the old ones, that's the best moment ! The ships are just amazing, really huge. At first, it seems like toys, because you can't realize the fact that ships were like this before ! So much cordons everywhere, huge voiles, and...made in woods ! The city offers free water, but if you ... read more
View from the right dock
Amazing inside
A french military ship

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen June 4th 2013

I bought train tickets to Rouen for us in advance, but Luda was unable to accompany me because of sickness, and it was such a happy coincidence, as we'll shortly see. This time Luda made for me some sandwiches, which we found to be an excellent way of sustenance, tasty, cheap, and fast. The train was due to depart at 10.40 or so, but when I came to Gare St. Lazare and observed the information display, a feeling crept all over me that something went wrong, because there were captions “retard indefinit” – we can translate the second word, and deduce the meaning of the first one, ‘delayed indefinitely’: meaning that train would not depart for an unknown amount of time, maybe an hour, maybe two, maybe three… There were public address notifications delivered in French ... read more
Abbaye de Saint Ouen
Abbaye de Saint Ouen

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen May 8th 2013

I only managed to get about 4 hours sleep last night as I'm so paranoid I'll sleep in. It's always the same when I know I need to get up at a certain time, so I toss and turn in a light sleep until the alarm finally goes off at 7.30am. It's officially what the scots would class as a 'minging' day - cold, grey and raining. We definitely feel like we're on our way home. The roads are horrible as we make our way to Calais, and the windscreen wiper nearly comes off again. Not ideal when pissing with rain, and we'll definitely need to get that sorted when we get back. Hold on Charlie- not much longer now! The plan is to get to Calais early so we can go to the Carrefour supermarket ... read more

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen May 7th 2013

The thought of driving for at least 10 hours today is not inspiring me to get going, but we're on the home stretch now and needs must. As much as we've had a great and really eye-opening tour of Spain, I think we're both ready to head home and just relax for a while. I think Charlie also feels the same. I used to mock people who went on about getting home to 'have a cup of tea, put a washing on and put their feet up' but now I get it- I can think of nothing better either (N.B - for the youngsters amongst you out there, it will happen to you one day too, I can almost guarantee it will happen, so no mocking!). We once again try and phone the hotel in Rouen ... read more

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen July 17th 2012

Day #8 - Rouen, France and Mantry, France (Middle of nowhere) - Revenge of Weird Beard We woke up this morning nice and early so we could get a good start in Rouen, France. Rouen is an interesting town with a lot of history. Most recently it was one of the most devastated French cities during WWII. Nearly 50% of the city was bombed and the city was completely on fire in 1940 for a period of 48 hours because the German army would not allow fire crews to put out the fires. You can see much of the effects of this fire and the bombings still today, many buildings are black with soot and fire damage. The most impressive building in town is the Rouen Cathedral. It was built in the 15th century with many ... read more
Stained Glass
Quaint Rouen Street
Napoleon (If you know your Francais Histoir

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen May 12th 2012

Today’s blog will not have a Today’s eats section, not because we didn’t eat, but because the food truly deserves to be blogged about in its entirety. We awoke in side the walls of Mont-St. Michel to a beautiful cloud free bright sunny day. We showered, packed and headed to breakfast. I have previously blogged that breakfast in France and many European countries is not a big affair, typically croissants, fruit and coffee (hence the term continental breakfast in the United States). Today however was much more. Yes there were the croissants, half baguettes, juice, yogurt, but there was so much more. There was, as in Chateau Criessel, the ham and cheese platter, scrambled eggs and bacon, freshly made crepes to stuff with your choice of fillings, granola, cereals, bread for toast, fresh fruit and my ... read more
The Cloisters
Stained Glass
One last look

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