A tip for American coffee drinkers
This tip is not necessarily just for Rouen, but France in general.
If you're an American who has not yet visited France, but you're getting ready to make your first trip to the land of fine food and wine, be aware that if you order a coffee in a French restaurant or cafe, hoping to get a nice big steaming mug of black java, you may be surprised. In the U.S., if we ask for a coffee, we will get a fairly good-sized mug of black coffee, no frills, no surprises. In France, however, if you just ask for a simple coffee (un café), it will actually be an ESPRESSO (see photo). So if you aren't exactly in the mood for an espresso, explore the other coffee options at your cafe/restaurant of choice, as there will most likely be several. And, unlike in the U.S. where the coffee quality can vary widely, if you order any kind of coffee in France (cappucino, americano, cafe au lait, etc.), it will most likely be of excellent quality. It won't be watered down like it is sometimes in the U.S.!
Église Saint Maclou, the organ and the rosace
The organ of the Église Saint Maclou was built in 1521. The marble columns are from Jean Goujon and the paneling is Renaissance style. It is topped by a rosace magnificently carved in stone, added with mostly red glass.
La Halle aux Toiles
La Halle aux toiles (Tissues Hall) was built in the 16th century for the trade of tissues, linen, etc... It was severely damaged in 1944 and rebuilt. The front, shown here, shows a whole set of high windows, topped by a large slate covered roof. It is now used mainly for art expositions.
Aître Saint-Maclou ...
Then go back to the previous pictures, enlarge them and you will see, skulls, jaws, rib bones, collarbones, humerus, radius, cubitus, femurs, etc… Is there anything missing to build a whole skeleton ? By the way, guess why dogs are not allowed to enter the "Aître Saint Maclou". Those who will find the correct answer will be rewarded a T-bone.
lunch on the terrace
I had a half day to myself in Rouen while Alex & Chris were off playing golf. After some sight seeing and shopping it was lunch time and my tired feet needed a break.
I wandered the streets looking for somewhere nice to eat and came across Brasserie Bar des Fleurs. The brasserie is located in the pretty Place des Carmes, and it had a large shady terrace which was filled with happy lunchers eating interesting looking meals.
Finding a small table, I took a seat and waited for a very very long time for them to take my order. Oh well, the people watching was great and hopefully the food was worth the wait...if only the guy sitting next to me would stop smoking! Well, the food was well worth the wait! I had the Salade Bergere, which was a salad with Parma ham, salad greens, tomatoes, honeyed walnuts and a couple of slices of bread with warmed goats cheese. It was absolutely delicious! Mmmmmm...goats cheese!
To drink I had a small carafe of white wine - well it seemed the right thing to do!
After lunch I went back to the hotel for a nap....must have been that wine ; )