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Bon Jour from Rouen

About a year ago we ended a trip in Rouen. This is as close as you can
get to Paris in ocean going vessels. On that trip we caught a cab,
picked up a car and left town without being very impressed.

I am glad we came back! This is a beautiful medieval [can you believe
that spell check corrected my spelling?] city. We were planning to
catch the train and return to Honfleur, but after taking a walking
tour yesterday, we decided just to hang around here today. Many of the houses are made with exposed timber that give a very unique style.
There is, of course, a large Cathedral. WHen they were building the cathedral, the Bishop kept trying to persuade the people to give up a
small parish church to make room for the cathedral [they resisted].
Finally the bishop agreed to rebuild the parish church in the forward
tower of the cathedral, so you have a small church just inside the
front door!

One of the big landmarks of the town is the "Great Clock".Built in the
14th century, it was very advanced for its time and is one of the
oldest clock mechanisms in Europe. Being the geek that I am, I took
the tour inside the clock --- really cool! JoAnne left me on my own to
take that tour [go figure].

Yesterday had lots of showers, but today turned out to be a pretty
nice day, by noon it was up to about 22 degrees C, about 70 F [note to
the engineers out there, I do not need the exact conversion for 22.0 degrees C into F "about 70 will do just fine!]

Thanks for all the nice notes, apologies if I have not replied to each one.
Denis

Posted by dgreening 18:47

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