Tag Archives: Rouen

Timber Houses

Another one of predominant landmarks in Rouen are the timber houses.  The entire old town it seems is dotted with them.  Some in better shape than others, some looking like they were just built and some so skewed they look like they are falling over.  All of them however, absolutely charming and beautiful.  Most of these […]

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Exercise Park

In the park behind the Church of St. Ouen church is where all the action is.  Great church, beautiful park, a fountain, a pond, a tennis table, a playground for kids, bachelorette party meeting place and an exercise park.  Since this trip is all about collection experiences, we thought we would give it a try.   We entered the […]

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Benedictine Monastery

This  Benedictine Nun Monastery was established in 1677 by a nun from Paris. In 1802 the nuns moved to the former convent of the Minimes, which was built in the 17th century.  They have been praying every since and now they also bake and sell delicious cookies to support the monastery and themselves.  

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Church of St. Ouen

The Church of St. Ouen is a large Gothic Roman Catholic church in Rouen, northern France, famous for both its architecture and its large, unaltered Cavaillé-Coll organ, which Charles-Marie Widor described as “a Michelangelo of an organ”. Built on a similar scale to nearby Rouen Cathedral, it is, along with church of Saint Maclou, one […]

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Ironwork Musuem

Since 1921, the church of Saint-Laurent which dates from the 15th and 16th century has housed a collection of wrought ironwork that to this day is the only one of its kind in Europe.  The family collection of Henri Le Secq des Tournelles was donated to the city of Rouen, which at the time was the most comprehensive collection of […]

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The Great Clock

The Gros-Horloge or Great Clock cannot be dissociated from the surrounding buildings, since their history is so intimately linked. Since its construction in the late 14th century, the Gothic belfry has housed the town’s bells and clock, the latter being a simple mechanism meant to sound the bells on the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour. In […]

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc  1412 1431 nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”  is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to a peasant family at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles VII and recover […]

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Dear God

I have no idea what this is called – but triple bombastic custard, liqueur and caramel bomb would be a very good approximation.  There are eight pieces of sponge like pasty each the size of a cream puff.  Each is filled with custard and soaked in liqueur, then immediately covered with some caramel to keep […]

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Around Rouen

We got to Rouen this morning, totally forgetting the fact that Friday is a civic holiday and most of the places are closed.  We had a good look at the Rouen Cathedral and a quick walk around  part of the old town.  We are going to be coming back here tomorrow for a better look so we […]

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Rouen Cathedral

The first church on this site dates back to 4th century, The 6th century it was  enlarged and elevated to cathedral status.  The cathedral was struck and portions of it destroyed  by lighting no less than 5 times It was burned and bombed and damaged by hurricanes.  One of the fires was so intense it melted […]

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