Jeanne D'Arc is everywhere
Rouen Travel Blog› entry 11 of 16 › view all entries
Tessa and I did a small trip to Rouen for the day. The city is a university town, but is probably best known as the place where Jeanne D'Arc was burnt at the stake for being a witch in 1431. The main street is of course called Rue Jeanne D'Arc and there is a church named after her. All of the churches in Rouen are actually quite spectacular.
I think the best thing about Rouen is the sense of history that permeates the city centre. There are still rows of old buildings and the main shopping area, Rue du Gros Horloge, is a narrow cobblestone street that makes it easy to imagine people centuries ago, buying food, chickens and pigs at the market stalls. We had a nice lunch at a cafe on this street, where you could actually sit down.
The only problem came when we tried to find the bus stop to get home. We just assumed it was near the train station, but that was a big mistake. When we arrived at the station with ten minutes to spare, we realised it was at the other end of Rue Jean D'Arc. So, Tessa and I power walked at Olympic speed back down the main street in search of the bus. Unfortunately, we arrived in record time only to be totally confused by the millions of different bus stops for different lines. After asking a clueless bus driver, we still couldn't find it, and had no choice but to walk back to the train station a second time. Luckily, one of the teachers at Tessa's school happily picked us up from the station.