Next came Rouen situated on the banks of the Seine and described by Victor Hugo as the city of a hundred spires. It is the capital of Normandy and has inspired artists and writer in the past. The cathedral - with its Gothic façade has been immortalised by Monet.
Scattered around the streets are 2' high concrete pillars which become invisible should you stop to look in a shop window or chat with a friend resulting in shins becoming an interesting navy blue colour. All fading now.
Rouen is the capital of Normandy and has distinctive architecture.
The cathedral is very impressive outside but I was disappointed with the interior. It suffered from bombing in WW2 and seems to have been neglected. We were on a tour and the guide didn't wait for everyone to gather so must of us missed the commentary and as she had no microphone and didn't project her voice we missed most of the commentary and I missed seeing the tomb where the heart of Richard the Lionheart is buried.
Above is the famous astronomical clock - the oldest in France1389 It just has the one hour hand and is a thing of beauty.
In the Place du Vieux Marche we entered the Chapel commemorating Joan of Arc
and I was startled to realise that although she led the French army to victory she was only 19 when she was burnt alive.
Here is a structure on the site of her pyre.
"Saint Joan of Arc was burnt alive in the Old Market Square in Rouen, France on the morning of May 30, 1431, pronounced a heretic, relapse and idolater. Her ashes were gathered and thrown into the Seine River. According to witnesses present at her execution, during the final moments of her life she saw several priests with tears in their eyes. Turning to them she said, "All you priests who are here, I beg you to say a Mass for me, every one of you."
I met two nice women - Anne and Sue and also Eve from Cornwall who is doing the same Amalfi coast cruise next year.