29 October 2021

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (1)

As I've said many times before, I lived in Rouen for a school year (9 months) back in the early 1970s — Rouen is a very compact old city surrounded by sprawling suburbs. The city proper has a population of just over 100,000, but the Rouen metropolitan area is home to 500,000 people. It's only about 70 miles (110 km) from Paris so it's a short train ride.

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When I was working as an assistant d'anglais there in 1972-73, I lived in a little apartment near the train station.
It was also only a 10-minute walk to the cathedral.

I became friends with a family there and I have visited Rouen countless times over the years and I've spent many days
there wandering the streets of the old city. I can't believe it's been 10 years since I was last in Rouen, but it's a fact.

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I took these photos of the cathedral in Rouen between 2003 and 2010 with four different digital cameras.


  1. The Rouen cathedral is a gem, pure stone lacework! There are at least two other beautifull churches, Saint-Maclou, which was badly damaged during WWII but rebuilt à l’identique and Saint-Ouen, which itself is as big as a cathedral.
    Rouen is a museum-city!
    I’ve been going to Rouen several times over the years and the last times with you, Ken. There used to be a very nice small restaurant not far from the Aîtres St-Maclou. I went there several times, but I think it went out of business.

  2. I enjoyed being in Rouen with our friend just as it was coming out of lockdown in June. This time I got to see the school where Marie taught for many years and ran into four of her former pupils.

  3. I visited there by myself in 1997 and enjoyed the Caravaggio paintings in the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the
    Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, a whole museum full of iron locks and tools. Wouldn't mind going back.

  4. I think you probably suggested Rouen as a good place to visit (you were right).

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed Rouen. Maybe one day I'll go back there.


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