The church in Caudebec is not a cathedral since it must have a bishop's seat to be a cathedral, but it is very impressive and has some amazing stained glass.
Here is my Journal entry for the church:
We walked back into Caudebec to visit Eglise Notre Dame which was mentioned in one guidebook as being “second only to Chartres.” It was lovely but not to be compared to Chartres, Reims, Rouen, Notre Dame de Paris, Vézelay, etc. That said, it is beautiful and certainly worth a visit. The light coming through the stained glass gave a pinkish glow to the doorway. One of my favorite parts was in the Lady Chapel (Chapelle de la Vierge). If you look up, there is a huge pendant suspended from the vaulted stone ceiling. It is unbelievable and truly set off by a glowing stained glass window. This huge (seven feet) pendant is actually a keystone and there is a little plaque showing how the stones are set. Amazing . . .
This church is indeed a masterpiece of flamboyant gothic architecture. It was built between 1425 and 1539, but the front portal wasn't finished until the 17th century. All over the church you will find filigrane gothic art and small stauettes. It is said that there were far more of them in past times. Inside the church, you will find and organ from the early 16th century. The most outstanding chapel of all is the "Chapelle de la Vierge" (St. Mary's chapel).
We had visited the wonderful abbeys at Jumiège and St. Wandrille. Unfortunately it was Monday and many restaurants are closed. Thus started our search for lunch. We drove along the Seine until we arrived in Caudebec-en-Caux where we spotted a Logis de France facing the Seine. The Logis, a chain of small family-owned hotels all over France, has a competition each year amongst its chefs so nearly all their restaurants are top notch. This was no exception.
We parked, entered and discovered a delightful, beautifully decorated Belle Epoch-styled hotel-restaurant with an excellent wait staff and truly excellent food.
The restaurant is called La Marine and it is part of Hotel Normotel, a Logis de France. You can check the Logis de France web site of the hotel web site listed below.
Favorite Dish: Here's my Journal entry for the meal:
We entered La Marine and were seated at an elegant table by the window overlooking the Seine and the Pont de Brotonne. In French we were asked about an aperitif and declined, were given menus, made our choices, ordered drinks and as our waiter left, he made a remark in perfect English! Thereafter, the waiters spoke English and we spoke French and they were absolutely wonderful.
We decided La Marine qualifies as a “find” because our meal was delicious and service impeccable. Ed got the eighteen euro La Marine menu and I got the thirty-one euro menu. He had a quiche-like starter, very tender chicken in a cider-cream sauce and an apple sorbet for dessert. I had a hot trout loaf wrapped in a spinach leaf accompanied by a lemon sauce with minced tomato and caviar, pork braised in a cider sauce with a ratatouille-like vegetable and an apple and vegetable curry en croute. This was followed by a soft cheese (possibly Neuchâtel) and salad with an apple-stuffed flan for dessert. We had spun sugar crowns on our desserts that Ed managed to eat. They were beautiful . . . almost a shame to eat them.
A bit of trouble fitting into the price categories below. It is in US dollars and the restaurant prices are in euros so you have to consider the exchange rate. That would put the meal into the US$21-$30 category at the current exchange rate. Since we're using euros, we tend not to think in US dollars while in Europe. You spend no more than you have, and you have euros, so budget in euros and you will be fine.