The much smaller charming capital of Normandy – William the Conqueror and Rochard the Lionhearted’s French capital city. Smaller than Paris but filled with medieval charm…think of it as an arrondissement sized town.
There are 100s of half timber houses charmingly titling along the streets. Two fabulous gothic cathedrals minutes from each other. It also stretches along the Seine like my beloved Paris. Many live here instead because it’s affordable and there are no mobs of people.
All reasons that drew Monet there from Paris to paint the cathedral 28 times. Living was affordable. The townspeople living around the cathedral let him paint from their house’s windows. Handy in the changing French weather. Our guide said they have three seasons spring fall and a long wet grey season aka winter.
The lacy intricate carvings on these two buildings are just incredible. There are layers of encrustations unique to these buildings. The spires soar to the heavens. Rouen’s Notre Dame spires make it the tallest church in France. During the reformation Protestants tried to destroy the images on the churches facade because they thought Catholics worshipped them as idols. Maybe they did but they are magnificent.
100s of gargoyles twist off the face of St McClou. Such fancy waterspouts. Some seem to climb down the building. Others turn toward heaven.
Tomorrow a little more Rouen.
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