Rouen…so much more than Joan of Arc.

We spent the morning on the trail of Jeanne d’Arc and found a town, a cathedral (another Notre Dame) and a big clock.

Our guide from Avalon is Stephanie with the great shoes and a masters degree in history.DSC_4695

We traveled the town to learn…and see the sights.DSC_4725DSC_4730DSC_4728

And we did find the place (the exact place) where Joan was burned at the stake.  A tall cross tower marks it.DSC_4706

The cathedral is another named Notre Dame…they must have known I was coming. It’s amazing…inside and out.

We have seen very few guns as we have traveled here in France, but here is a lone guard at the church.  Maybe the baby was a suspect.DSC_4769

The rest of the town looked more like some English village…but, we were reminded that this part of French has lots of British in it…as the Normans were the kings here and in England, too, for a long while.  Roach is a French Norman/then Irish name.  William the Conqueror was a descendent of the Viking, Rollo and came from Normandy in 1066…need I say more?

Later in the day, we visited the towns of Les Andelys, which had Richard the Lion-Hearted as their hero….didn’t you think he was a Brit?  His castle overlooking the Seine was an amazing place.

More to come.

Here’s our Cruise Director, Jean Loup, back from the farmer’s market in Rouen with all of the cheeses for tomorrow’s tasting.DSC_4778


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.


  • Very interesting photos and you tell a good story to go along with them !!1 Keep them coming. All the best, Dick


  • This is where Julia Child’s cooked in that pretty restaurant with flower boxes Glad weather cleared for you to Richards pad

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    • Krissy…not classic cooking, but good. The chef is a Belgian character, who sat with us after dinner last night; name is Olivier. Don’t know if it’s his first or last…and he’s not telling. Didn’t know about Julia Childs.


  • Thanks, Chip, for taking us all along on your amazing trip. It’s wonderful to see it through your eyes. So glad you and Nancy are having such a good time.


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