Rouen, known as the city of 100 steeples, is on the Seine River in France, easily reached from Paris and halfway between Paris and the Normandy coast. It is the historical capital of Normandy, where Joan of Arc was tried and ultimately burned at the stake in 1431.
The compelling old quarter, replete with half-timbered buildings, makes it a must-see stop for visitors to France and the harbor is a daily stop for river cruises. Famously, during the 1890s Monet painted 31 portraits of the Cathedral in the center of town, each one painted during a different time, to capture differing lights at different times and in different seasons. His fellow artists often came to work alongside him – all at the height of the Impressionist era.
The town center is quietly bustling, with many types of shops, restaurants, cafes, atelier, markets, museums, cathedrals and other monuments. There are many antique stores, flea market (brocante) is regularly on offer at the local market and at street fairs. Never too crowded, always so much to see, so many places to relax and enjoy the good life!