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Beautiful countryside on our way from Paris to Rouen.

Beautiful countryside on our way from Paris to Rouen.

South side of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. The first cathedral here was built in 396.

South side of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.  The first cathedral here was built in 396.

Closer view of the east side of the west (front) towers from the south side of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. The front view was obscured by repair work scaffolding.

Closer view of the east side of the west (front) towers from the south side of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.  The front view was obscured by repair work scaffolding.

Interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. There was a service going on so unfortunately we did not get a chance to see the tomb of Richard the Lionheart which contains his heart.

Interior of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. There was a service going on so unfortunately we did not get a chance to see the tomb of Richard the Lionheart which contains his heart.

Half timber houses in Rouen on the Rue du Gros-Horloge. Timber framing is painted various colors here instead of being left bare wood.

Half timber houses in Rouen on the Rue du Gros-Horloge.  Timber framing is painted various colors here instead of being left bare wood.

The Gros Horloge which is a fourteenth-century astronomical clock in Rouen, Normandy in a Renaissance arch crossing the Rue du Gros-Horloge.

The Gros Horloge which is a fourteenth-century astronomical clock in Rouen, Normandy in a Renaissance arch crossing the Rue du Gros-Horloge.

Carving in the arch. Depictions of sheep show the importance of the wool trade in Rouen. The Paschal Lamb, which has been part of Rouen's coat of arms since the 14th century, is also represented.

Carving in the arch.  Depictions of sheep show the importance of the wool trade in Rouen. The Paschal Lamb, which has been part of Rouen's coat of arms since the 14th century, is also represented.

Jim looking at the carving from the other side of the arch under the Gros Horloge.

Jim looking at the carving from the other side of the arch under the Gros Horloge.

Half timber houses in Rouen on the Rue du Gros-Horloge. Timber framing is painted various colors here instead of being left bare wood. Top of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc is in the background.

Half timber houses in Rouen on the Rue du Gros-Horloge.  Timber framing is painted various colors here instead of being left bare wood.  Top of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc is in the background.

Fabulous permanent farmers' market next to the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc in Rouen.

Fabulous permanent farmers' market next to the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc in Rouen.

I bought some terrific local varieties of apples from this vendor.

I bought some terrific local varieties of apples from this vendor.

Beautiful vegetables, two types of artichokes especially!

Beautiful vegetables, two types of  artichokes especially!

I bought excellent cheese here to go with the tasty apples!

I bought excellent cheese here to go with the tasty apples!

How fabulous it must be to shop here regularly!

How fabulous it must be to shop here regularly!

Immediately past the market, the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc. The roof is shaped like flames from a fire.

Immediately past the market, the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc.  The roof is shaped like flames from a fire.

Cross at the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc. In the background the Place du Vieux Marché which contains foundations of the Church of St-Sauveur, which was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution.

Cross at  the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc.  In the background the Place du Vieux Marché which contains foundations of the Church of St-Sauveur, which was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution.

Next, the side view of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc, with garden and marker.

Next, the side view of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc, with  garden and marker.

Marker at the spot where Sainte-Jeanne D'arc was burned at the stake.

Marker at the spot where Sainte-Jeanne D'arc was burned at the stake.

Place du Vieux Marché, Rouen, which contains the foundations of the Church of St-Sauveur, which was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution.

Place du Vieux Marché, Rouen, which contains the foundations of the Church of St-Sauveur, which was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution.

Historic marker at the Place du Vieux Marché - "The French people are grateful".

Historic marker at the Place du Vieux Marché - "The French people are grateful".