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.
We traveled the town to learn…and see the sights.
And we did find the place (the exact place) where Joan was burned at the stake. A tall cross tower marks it.
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.
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.