We spent the day in Rouen last weekend, on a guided tour of the old city. Our guide was fantastic - exactly the kind I like. Her reminded me of an uncle who happens to know a lot about history (actually, I have one of those…) and who has a knack for telling stories. I wished the tour would have lasted longer, although it was starting to get quite chilly!
After the tour we had some tea to warm up, and then went to a restaurant called La Petite Auberge recommended by a colleague. A great day!
Some people say that Rouen isn’t great, but for a quick trip, it was a great place. Lots of stuff to see - a TON on churches and it seems like the whole city centre is right out of a Disney movie with the half-timbered houses, and the tour gave us an idea of the history of the city. While it may not be the place to live, I certainly think it’s worth a weekend.
Also, Joan of Arc was tried and buried in the town and there’s a very modern-looking church on the spot (place du vieux marché, I think).