Rouen, Normandy

Today we took a 1.5 hour train ride north to the largest city in Normandy, Rouen. We did well navigating the metro to St. Lazzire train station and off we went. The ride was uneventful, passing through Giverney and depositing us in the heart of old town Rouen.

Look familiar?

A short walk from the train station was the Museum of Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) of Rouen. They have a good collection of European painting and a strong impressionist collection.

Sisley!

We got to see in person a Monet poster we have had since college. The highlight was a dozen or so Sisley’s the most K & J have seen together in one place before.

Delightful room of lesser known impressionist artists

Next we walked to the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen the inspiration for Monet’s series of paintings. The facade dripping with intricate detail was stunning.

Inside Rouen Cathedral

Inside columns reaching up to the sky, stark and large with a temperature lower than the outside Feb. weather. You could see many of the stained glass windows had been lost. Just across the court yard we had a wonderful lunch of fresh salmon, local veggies and wine.

Rouen old town

After lunch we walk through the old town, down. Rue Saint Romain, now a pedestrian zone with old cool wooden facades and shopping. After grabbing a fee things from the French dollar store we visited the
Musee Secq des Tournelles

Housed in an old church it was the Wrought Iron Museum (random huh?) It was highly rated (and free) so we gave it a shot.

Keys to these new fangled “locks”…

On two levels in the shell of the old church it was a warm and inviting space with lots of fun, quirky and practical application of iron working.

Back the the bat cave!

Afterwards we hoofed it back to the train station for Paris.

A lock so that only the person with a key can open it. Ya know, without a battering ram.