Normandy - Rouen

After driving for about an hour and half from Caen we arrived in Rouen.  We ducked into a patisserie (La Chocolatiere) to get inside out of the rain. We enjoyed an espresso and 2 small, dense pastries
A surprisingly modern church sits at the center of La Place du Vieux Marché.
The inside was all stained glass and sharp angles.  It was a striking bit of architecture.
Rouen is synonymous with Joan of Arc.  We stood at the spot where Joan was burned at the stake.

A statue and cross of the saint stands nearby.
Inside an unassuming tourist shop lies the Joan of Arc Museum.  We walked past a number of scenes including the pivotal moment where Joan was burned by the English.
Despite the rain, we decided to take a stroll through town.
We ambled along the pedestrian path until we reached the Gros-Horloge, a 16th century astronomical clock.
The underside of the arch is covered with depictions of sheep and other farm animals.
The Palais de Justice was recently cleaned and is much lighter than many of the other gothic buildings in the town.
We popped into the Rouen Cathedral to admire the statues that had been removed from the facade and brought inside for safekeeping.
The interior was filled with light.  The original stained glass was replaced with clear panes after the bombings of World War II.
Our next stop was the plague cemetery tucked down a side alley.
The place is now an art school but the original purpose is quite clear.  Skull and crossbones line the half-timbered structure.
Signs line the courtyard: Y'en marre.  The translation was a bit difficult to find but it seems to mean there sick.
We finished our rainy walk through the blooming streets of Rouen.
We warmed up with a quick glass of red wine at a cafe along La Place du Vieux Marché before completing the drive to the airport and our return home.

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