Hello! As you may know if you read me regularly that I was born and raised in Caen, in Lower Normandy. You may also know there always has been a little “war” with Rouen, which is in Upper-Normandy! But for me, these two cities are different, both full of charms. I must say that the one-day escapade I had in Rouen was really pleasant. But you’re gonna ask me, what can we visit in Rouen in one day? Let me tell you…
In Jeanne d’Arc church area
To make the visit easier for you, you’ll find the points of interest on the map below. I arrived in Rouen around at 10 am and started wandering in the small paved streets around the Palais de Justice. Then I went to the Place du Vieux Marché, where you’ll find the famous Jeanne d’Arc church, and the superb Norman timbered houses full of colors. This square is perfect to have some rest and get the atmosphere of the city (especially on a Sunday because of the flea market). I had lunch at La Place restaurant, which I recommend as it was a very good value for money.
Then I advise you to go to the Place de la Pucelle, which is only a few steps away. Please, enter the courtyard of the Hotel Bourgtheroulde because the building is simply worth the detour!
The must see places in Rouen: from the Gros Horloge to the Cathedral
You cannot visit Rouen without wandering in the Rue du Gros Horloge, where the Gros Horloge is of course! Its superb dial is composed with a golden sun of 24 rays on a starry blue background. There are plenty other details: week days represented by Greek gods and goddesses, the different phases of the moon. Unfortunately I cannot tell you everything as I’m not a specialist. Yet! In this street, full of shops (please be careful your credit card might get crazy), you’ll discover at the very end the Cathedral that you cannot and shouldn’t miss!
Discover Rouen’s secret places
When you face the cathedral, turn left to head on the Rue Saint Romain, where you can discover Rouen’s earthenware in the pretty store called Faïence St Romain. Unfortunately it’s closed on Sundays, the day I visited the city. I advise you to walk in the Rue des Chanoines (you’ll find it thanks to a earthenware street sign) because it’s one of the narrowest streets in Rouen.
Finally, you can continue the tour by walking to St Maclou’s church and wander in the neighborhood. Near the church you’ll find a little path and if you take it you’ll arrive in a hidden square called l’Aître St Maclou. You can just sit and enjoy this peaceful place for hours. Then if you keep going up the city a bit, you’ll arrive on Rue Eau de Robec. A stream simply runs along the pedestrian street there, and it’s so charming!
Many things to see in Rouen, and I didn’t even have time to talk about museums!
And you, have you already visited Rouen? If so, please tell me your best memories!
Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)