Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 11, Day : Rouen (continued): The End of a Wonderful Day

After disembarking from Les Iles Chausey, we found a café where we sat (We had stood pretty much the whole boat trip, so that we could see better!) and had something to drink. We had hoped to see an exhibit of 180 impressionist paintings at the Musée de Beaux Arts, but we were too late; the museum had already closed, so instead, we visited my favorite faïence shop, 56 rue Saint Romain, to admire the beautiful plates, bowls, platters, pitchers, trays, and so on, and to watch the painters meticulously apply the colors in the traditional way. Jacques presented us with a little faîence sheep (the symbol of Rouen).
We stopped for a drink and a rest at this café. The Cathedral spire and "Butter Tower" can be seen behind the buildings.

This is the exhibit we did not get to see. :-(
Faîence painter at Faîences Saint Romain
I can't remember what the thing in the front is (Help! Please leave a comment to tell me what it is.), but the one in back is the Cathedral Butter Tower!
We bought Camembert sandwiches to eat on the train.
Le Donjon, the dungeon where Joan of Arc was held prisoner before her public execution in the Place du Vieux Marché
And then, off to the train station to catch our 7:00 train back to Paris. It was a wonderful day!

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