On our trip around Normandy we saw lots of half-timbered houses, but I was blown away by how many there were in Rouen. The city is home to around 2000 of these photo-worthy buildings. They have colourful posts and beams leaning this way and that.
There are some really beautiful examples in Place du Vieux Marche, some with colourful flowers in their sagging window boxes. I also saw a large number of half-timbered buildings in the area just across from Eglise St-Ouen, and some fabulous ones down narrow alleys near the Cathedral. Basically, they are everywhere. Take a walk, camera in hand, and let me know if you get any really good photos!
Église Saint Maclou, the Boivin memorial
Rouen and Normandy as a whole, have given many emigrants to Canada and the US. Here, a commemorative slab reminds the memory of Pierre Boivin, 1643-1709, ancestor of all the Boivin of (northern) America
La Fierté Saint Romain
An amazing little building called La Fierté Saint Romain (Saint Romain's pride) has been built against the Halles aux Toiles. It was built during the Renaissance in a Greco-Roman style. It contained the relics of Saint Romain
Aître Saint-Maclou, a capital
The columns of "Aître Saint Maclou" are topped with capitals. Most of them are in poor condition but it is not always s easy to guess what they represent, even if they are in relatively good condition, such as this one. I have tried to figure out what this guy (girl ?) was doing among gravediggers but without any success…???
Nettie (Tapis_Volant) suggests that it might be an angel. This is not an usual position for an angel representation but looking carefully, it (grammatically speaking is it "it" for an angel ?) seems to have vestigial wings (as Drosophilae in heredity experiments, haha !) that are so small that at first I had not noticed them. I will try to find more clues but thank you Nettie for that idea !
Le Saint Romain Cafe Creperie
If you come here and expect something other than a crepe, you will be disappointed, as that is all that is served! But the variety is huge, so I am sure you will not be disappointed, as they have both sweet and savoury crepes. So thats dessert and the main course sorted!!
There is a very cosy atmosphere in this place, with the cushy seating areas and the lovely manager! This is slightly hidden away from the main town centre, but it is a great place. I ordered a spinach and egg crepe, which was nice, but not great. My friends ordered other crepes, which looked much nicer, so I wouldn't recommend it.
For dessert though, i ordered a crepe that came with the works!! SO thats icecream, cream, a banana, nuts and some sauce too!! It was lovely!!