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Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen June 29th 2019

On the way to Rouen we discussed what year we were there before. Had to be a few years back. A good run again with a few coffee stops for nature calls. We arrived late afternoon in Rouen and of course at the wrong place. We finished up in the middle of town at a bus station blocking traffic. LIz went to ask and found straight away a person that spoke English. When Liz was back she could explain where I had to go next. We5 had to turn than follow the Seine and we would find it. He said look for a big building. We found it and could park the car underneath. Quickly installed there was time to go out and see what there was to eat. The receptionist told us about some restaurants ... read more

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen September 29th 2016

Our travel from Honfleur to Rouen started out a little “rough” as we cast off our lines at 8:20AM to make the opening of the lock into the Seine at 8:30AM. We locked through with one other sailboat at 8:49AM. They were the first out of the lock and we were following when we saw that they went aground. We quickly changed direction, but we went aground as well! We knew that the recommendation was to lock through at one or two hours after low water, but we had heard from others that it was possible at low water so we tried it, but got “caught”. Fortunately we were able to get off by 9:04AM and on our way with a speed of 6.6 knots with the help of the current. On this section of the ... read more
After Getting Off Our Journey Begins - First a Bridge
A Little Bit of Rain on The Way To Rouen
Lots of Twist & Turns On the Seine

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 August 11th 2013

Geo: 49.4424, 1.09849Up with breakfast at the hotel and out the door by 7:30am. Metro to St. Lazare station, got our ticket activated and went on the train, first class. We're big shots so few people were in our carriage. We had another mishap in Rouen. We got to our first station. I was in the bathroom and Al only had one gentleman to ask if we were in the right station. Unfortunately, he only spoke French and I was not there. Al thought he said next station. Haha. WRONG. That was the train now we are on the training heading away from Rouen but with the luck of God stepping in, the train in front of us had engine problems and stopping our train at a "off the wall" stop. We found out there ... read more
Mom checking out the train
Big Al on the train

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

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