Normandy Quick Facts:

  • That pat of butter on your plate in a Paris restaurant is almost certainly from Normandy.
  • The port of Le Havre is France’s largest international shipping port, though in the 19th century, European immigrants to America always sailed out of Cherbourg.
  • 300,000 troops landed on June 6, 1944 for the Normandy invasion which spelled the beginning of the end for World War II in Europe.
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Some Interesting Places in Rouen, France

The botanical gardens - 85,000 square metres dedicated to the preservation of plants from all over the world! The Botanical Gardens are much appreciated by the citizens of Rouen both for the leisure opportunities this green oasis offers and for the scientific interest that all can share here.

River and riverside - Rouen's riverside walkways and waterfront have been completely revitalised and the town is once again in close contact with the Seine. Today the promenade runs the length of the right bank from the Gustave Flaubert bridge down through the town and beyond and is a popular place for jogging, cycling or just sitting and watching the world go by under the sunny Rouen skies!

The Gustave Flaubert Bridge - The 6th crossing was needed to reduce traffic flow in the centre of Rouen  Built downstream from the last bridge in Rouen  Designed by architects Aymeric Zublena et Michel Virlogeux, the bridge is amarvel of odern technology and design.The Gustave Flaubert bridge id the highest vertical lift brisge in the world rising 55 metres above the water level to allow large vessels to enter the city confirming Rouen' ongoing relationship and link with the river and the sea. The bridge opens in 2008

The quartier Pasteur - This area of the town has been completely renovated. The focal point is the Hôtel Dieu. Formerly the hospital, this beautiful building dating from the 17th century is now the Préfecture. Other administrative offices are also to be found here, including the Greater Rouen Conurbation Council, the Town Hall annexe, the Associations Forum and the Law Faculty.

The St Nicaise Quarter - This part of the town is sometimes referred to as the ‘Montmartre’ of Rouen. In the 12th century St Nicaise would have been an outlying village. Over the centuries it became the textile and drapery centre for Rouen and an essential part of the town’s economy. Today it is a residential area much sought after by locals.

The St-Maclou quarter or antiques area - All around St Maclou church you will find antique shops - so many that is the second highest concentration of antique dealers per square metre in France!! Here all aspects of the antique and antiquarian trade are represented: pottery, picture framing, restoration work, book binding etc. It is fitting that these ancient crafts should be housed in this one of the oldest surviving parts of Rouen under the gothic splendour of St Maclou.

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