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Such lovely photos of your exciting trip Terry.....so kind of you to take the time to allow us to join you.......and just for Spins and Jeff.....any Petit Pois on the menus yet 😉

 

Appreciate these kind/cute comments and follow-ups. At Paris de Gaulle airport now. Survived a long/slow line for passport control, but most all others aspects moved along fairly well. This CDG airport is a "wild" one for finding your hotel, managing the many confusing terminal/highway options, getting the rental car returned, finding our way back to the hotel, etc.

 

Sorry, MissSophia, no peas!! Am I translating your phrase correctly?

 

BUT, most important, we are HERE!! At the airport. Our plane departs for Philadelphia at 1:20 pm. We were told to be at the airport four hours ahead. Did not need that much time, but better to be safe than sorry. Got Internet at the airport and have things to check and do.

 

Great super afternoon yesterday at Monet's Giverny. WOW!! Have about 18 super wonderful pictures to share of his gardens, the water-lilly pond, THAT green bridge, his house and studios, etc. Can't ever remember seeing gardens to that amazingly of a high level. More to come, including lots of visuals from historic and charming Rouen.

 

Put a total of 1,070 km on our rental car from Sunday morning. Our Nissan Juke was kind of cute, rode well, was RED in color to match our Ohio State Buckeyes, etc. Fun driving and for hauling all of our luggage.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 182,101 views for this posting.

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Very much enjoyed "coming along with you" for your fabulous trip! Thanks so much for posting it, and safe journey home.

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Thanks so much for the awesome colour commentary Terry! Awesome visuals too! Safe trip home!

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Great trip, Terry! Hope you'll be over the Atlantic soon, enjoying a nice relaxing flight home. Should be on your way soon!

 

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Love the photo of my wonderful friend at Giverny! As usual the photo journey that I followed along as u travelled made me feel like I was there! Safe travels my dear dear friends.

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Love the photo of my wonderful friend at Giverny! As usual the photo journey that I followed along as u travelled made me feel like I was there! Safe travels my dear dear friends.

 

Appreciate ALL of these wonderful comments and follow-ups from Jeff, JP, Chris, mysty, MissSophia, Kate, etc. For Chris from Philadelphia, we are about now half-way between Paris and your airport in the home of Ben Franklin.

 

I have shared with my wife, Penny, your kind comments. She smiled when I read your response!! Saturday is coming up as her birthday!! Won't reveal that age. Or, I would be in big, BIG trouble. Plus, we are getting ready for our grandsons to arrive from Virginia for two weeks. After THAT, we will really, really need a vacation!!

 

This is the first time to be using the Internet while at 34,000' above the Atlantic. Seems to be working fine. Will post just the first group of pictures from Monet's Giverny. Hope you enjoy. More to be posted tomorrow as we work to catch up. Plus, Rouen and more on the Silver Spirit.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 216,749 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

From Monet's Giverny, here are the first series of visuals to share from yesterday. We managed to avoid rain and big crowds while there. In driving from Brittany to Normandy, we encountered lots of rain, heavy at times. But, all was well when arriving at Monet's famed location. There were lots of people there, but it was only maybe a half to a third the number that can at times flood this location on peak days. The last picture shows Penny on that famed, curved, green bridge. A wide angle lens helped capture this angle without the other people showing. Plus, some photo creativity. Like the water lilies? More to come tomorrow.:

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Giverny is lovely.

Thanks for the mile high posting!

Happy birthday to your wife.

Enjoy the rest of the journey.

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Giverny is lovely. Thanks for the mile high posting! Happy birthday to your wife. Enjoy the rest of the journey.

 

YES, Candy, Giverny is super lovely. We had visited there in 1995 very, very early in their season. In fact, it was not quite open on that date when we last stopped there as we were headed to the D-Day cemetery, Mont St Michel, etc. The sights AND SMELLS yesterday in these gardens were totally amazing!! On Saturday, a group from the Silver Spirit had visited Giverny, but it was so hot and crowded on that day to not be that enjoyable for them. We were very lucky. It was cool and comfortable yesterday, making everything so spectacular.

 

Don't often correct Spins, but we are much more than mile-high. Maybe six miles high!! And, it's all been done without any magic "weed", etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 225,623 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

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Ok, I stand corrected.

Will have to pick your brain about Normandy and D day cemetery when you get back.

DH wants to go.

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Ok, I stand corrected. Will have to pick your brain about Normandy and D day cemetery when you get back. DH wants to go.

 

First time in a long period for Candy being corrected. Especially by me.

 

YES, happy to share more on the various options in and around Normandy and the D-Day cemetery. Very moving and historic location. Well worth visiting for so many different reasons. Plus, so many different nearby options to consider.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 51,654 views for these postings.

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For those interested in WWII, there will be a 75th anniversary of D-Day charter cruise in 2019 on Regent sponsored by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. We went on their charter cruise on the Cloud in 2014 and were very impressed.

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Here is a USA Today story written before the Silver Cloud's 70th Anniversary WWII sailing that Emtsbam mentions above.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2013/06/07/d-day-world-war-ii-cruise/2399331/

 

The National World War II Museum's Regent Navigator cruise (May 30 - June 8th) link is below.

 

For those interested, you can also enjoy a two day pre tour (visit the Dutch Resistance Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Dam Square) and/or a two day post tour (Travel to London &visit Churchill's War Room & Map Room and enjoy a visit to Churchill's family home in Chartwell).

 

http://dday75.org/home/?_ga=2.143377781.1949005974.1498770854-1414231750.1498770854

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For those interested in WWII, there will be a 75th anniversary of D-Day charter cruise in 2019 on Regent sponsored by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. We went on their charter cruise on the Cloud in 2014 and were very impressed.

 

Appreciate these excellent comments and helpful follow-ups from Emtbsam and WesW. YES, this location is amazing, so historic and moving, very well maintained, etc. Below are a few of my pictures from when we visited there during a day-trip from Paris to Normandy in 1995.

That upcoming 75th anniversary will be very significant. Sadly, however, most veterans of that military action will not be around to help celebrate their personal triumph and these acts of brave courage. If they were age 22 at that time, they would need to be at age 97 for this important date in history.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting and dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 32,478 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

 

One of the "best of the best" highlights for Normandy is the WWII landing site at Omaha Beach. This site is beautifully maintained and very personally moving. France granted the United States a special, perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, free of any charge or any tax. This cemetery is managed by the American government, under Congressional acts providing yearly financial support. The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Among the burials at the cemetery are three recipients of the Medal of Honor, including Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt. After the creation of the cemetery, another son of President Roosevelt, Quentin, who had been killed in World War I, was exhumed and reburied next to his brother Theodore, Jr.:

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We said "HELLO COLUMBUS!" last night. We survived in getting back home, plus all of our luggage making it, too!! The Philadelphia airport was a mess with about ten international flight arriving around the same time range and then we had to deal with the new electronic log-on computers being used by the Feds. Not smooth, quick and/or efficient!! Fortunately out flight from PHL to Columbus was delayed a little, allowing us to make that flight and having our luggage arrive at the same time. Sorry to those in Philadelphia, but your airport is a not our favorite for its set-up, efficiency, etc.

 

All was fine at home. Felt very good to get here, relax a little, etc. Went to bed about 10:30 pm EDT, but that was equal to 4:30 am Paris time. Then, my twisted body clock woke me up at 9 am Paris time. It will take some time to get that internal clock adjusted back to the Eastern Time Zone. Now, today, need to pick up our 11-year-old Rudy, the male Yellow Lab. Plus, start to unpack, get organized, prepare for different July 4th holiday activities, etc. AND, the arrival for our son and two grandsons has been moved back to July 5, allowing more flexibility to get ready for that "excitement".

 

Now to catch up from our wonderful Wednesday visit to Monet's Giverny. Just a little background: From their official website, they summarize: "Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration."

 

Much is here to experience, including the main area of varied flowers, the water garden and his house. Giverny is located on the "right bank" of the River Seine where the river Epte meets the Seine. The village is 50 miles from Paris, somewhat to the west and north of the French capital. Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny from a train window. He first rented a house and in 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright. His plan was to create these gardens to inspire his painting. Some of his most famous works were of these Giverny gardens. The water garden is most famous for the Japanese bridge, the pond's water lilies, wisterias and azaleas.

 

Monet lived in the house with its famous pink crushed brick façade and green shutters. He and many members of his family are interred in the village cemetery. Beginning around 1887, a number of American Impressionist artists settled to work in Giverny, attracted by the landscapes, its overall atmosphere and Monet's presence. Monet's property at Giverny, including the house and gardens, were left by his son in 1966, becoming open to the public in 1980 after large restoration efforts.

 

These gardens were really . . . Monet! He wrote daily instructions to his gardeners, providing precise designs and layouts for plantings. There were invoices for his many floral purchases and he had a large collection of botany books. As Monet's success and wealth improved, his garden evolved and improved. He was its architect! While there, we observed a large number of staff working on cleaning and maintaining these amazing gardens and the water pond area. Lots of work to keep and make everything look so great.

 

Monet's love for documenting the French countryside used a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light during the day and the passing of the various seasons. Unlike other artists copying from the old masters, Monet preferred to go and sit by a window, painting what he witnessed at different times of the day and during these changing seasons.

 

Personally, Impressionist is my favorite!! Of course, Monet was so skilled and varied during his long life of 86 years. Not many in that time period had such a significant and productive life-span.

 

See more details for visiting here at:

http://fondation-monet.com/en/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Just completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun pictures!! Those pictures start on the second page, post #26. See more at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580

 

Here are some additional "eye candy" from Monet's Giverny that so inspired this famed artist. This includes from the water garden area (that involves crossing under a roadway to reach these areas). There are actually two large arched green bridges here. You see these busy bees? Lots of "work" and opportunities in these floral gardens.:

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Here is the first of the interior views from within Monet's home. This includes this large, well-lighted painting studio. There is not a large gift ship area where there was a barn that Monet converted to be a larger painting studio to produce certain big-scale painting creations.:

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Here is part three from our Wednesday visit to Monet's Giverny. What the biggest challenge? Sorting through all of the photo images to pick the "best of the best". Do not miss the opportunity to visit here . Plus, hope for the right weather and crowd conditions that work well. We were lucky and very happy/fortunate with this excellent experience! What a way to finish these wonderful days in France.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Super loved so different many parts of the Caribbean in 2015!!! See more details and lots of great visual samples/examples at the link of "Barbados: Our Pix's, Experiences!":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2262999

 

Here is a second and closer view of Monet's studio within his home. Second is the view of his gardens from his second-floor bedroom window. Very inspiring!!:

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Within Monet's home, he liked color!! Here are the views of his dining room area and then the kitchen with lots of tiles and cooper pots covering the walls.:

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Here is another flower/rose example from Monet's gardens with the colorful pink walls and green shutters of his home shown in the background. Second is another angle of this large home with its distinctive design and colors. Things were crowded this day, but I waited to get an angle/view without the crowds interrupting the inspiring views.:

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Good morning Terry

Mark and our son Christopher went to Normandy with the Stephen Ambrose tour group in 2006 for the 60th anniversary ... the photo of the cemetery u posted is forever engraved in their minds... total silence and reverence prevailed!! Glad ur home safely!!

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Good morning Terry. Mark and our son Christopher went to Normandy with the Stephen Ambrose tour group in 2006 for the 60th anniversary ... the photo of the cemetery u posted is forever engraved in their minds... total silence and reverence prevailed!! Glad ur home safely!!

 

Appreciate Chris' nice post about when your husband and son has visited Normandy with Stephan Ambrose. That must have been very fascinating. YES, we are home, safe, sound and with all of our luggage and "stuff". Today is my wife, Penny's birthday. Will keep secret that "magic number"!! She looks/feels young and that's all that matters.

 

Getting my body clock adjusted from three weeks in Europe. Slept in till 6 am today. That's progress!! Nearly back on a normal sleep cycle. Maybe?

 

Now, I will shift gears back to Rouen, its history, visual treats, etc. On page six, post 108, I gave some background on this town on the Seine River where our Silver Spirit cruise concluded. Now to the photo "evidence" that this city that Claude Monet painted was so wonderful.

 

The first "superstar" is the famed Rouen Cathedral. In the Gothic architectural tradition, a church was present at the location in the late 4th century, and eventually it became a cathedral. This site was even visited by Charlemagne in 769. That's real going back in history!! These buildings were destroyed during a Viking raid in the 9th century. Construction on the current building began in the 12th century in an Early Gothic style. Lots happened over the decades that followed as varied building styles were applied, lightening strikes happened, fires affected parts of the structure, World War II damages were serious, restoration work happened, etc.

 

The most famous paintings of this Rouen Cathedral were done by the Impressionist hero Monet. He produced a series of paintings of the building showing the same scene at different times of the day and in different weather. Two of these Monet paintings are in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C..

 

Its central spire is 495 feet high today and that part of the Cathedral was completed in 1876. It was the tallest building in the world from 1876 to 1880 and still is the tallest church in France. That main spire is now covered in construction scaffolding, but the front of the Cathedral was clear of those restoration efforts.

 

Overall, as we approached this structure, our first reactions were ones of total amazement!! The scale, details, design, etc., take your breath away. Then, there is the experience of going inside, seeing it from various other angles. My pictures below and on the next page give a little idea for its beauty and size. BUT, you have to be in Rouen to experience fully its magnificent presence.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 182,264 views for this posting.

 

Here are the first six of my visuals from visiting Rouen Cathedral. Spectacular setting. The second and third pictures show more details on the front of this church. This includes when certain town business people who donated to help fund its building were depicted on the front in a higher position than members of clergy.:

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A mass was being conducted in a portion of this Cathedral during our visit and this was very moving to hear that organ music, etc. The second picture is an unusual and interesting angle from the interior of this massive Cathedral showing a portion of its size and scale.:

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While inside the church, here is Penny along with Julie and Bruce from Long Island.:

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Much more to be posted from our visit to Rouen. This includes for their famed Cathedral, plus more on its architecture and history. It is said that Rouen is a city of "spires". Lots of churches here. One total that I read said there are 100 different church spires in Rouen. Sorry, I did not have either the time or a helicopter in order to check and provide an accurate count.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 216,913 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

From the northern side of Rouen Cathedral, here is a view showing it taller central spire that is now having restoration work completed. These pictures show that this large church is always under work to clean the limestone and do other fixes/upgrades, etc.:

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The second highest rated "must see" in Rouen is its Gros-Horloge or "The Great-Clock". It is Rouen's famed fourteenth-century astronomical clock. The mechanism is one of the oldest in France, with the movement made first in 1389. The Renaissance facade represents a golden sun with 24 rays on a starry blue background. The dial measures 8.2 feet in diameter. The phases of the moon are shown in the upper part of the dial, completing a full rotation in 29 days. It can seen on two different sides as you walk along Rouen's main shopping street on the way to the Rouen Cathedral. And, most signifiant, there is only one hand on this clock, just showing the hour. No hand on this clock for the minutes.:

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Below are a couple of the many examples of various wooden-timbered structures in Rouen.:

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Here is part three from historic and charming Rouen. Despite heavy World War II damage, Rouen has recovered well and seems very successful as a living city with so much history.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 225,679 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

Just to the east and behind the Rouen's Cathédrale Notre-Dame is this neighborhood's "parish church". Also very spectacular as the sun was shining brightly from behind its structure. As we entered, the organ music was being played. What an amazing and uplifting feeling to walk around inside this church with that musical touch/highlight. The Gothic church of St-Maclou is on a small square loaded with half-timbered houses. The St-Maclou church has a curved front and many arches. It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries, with an excellent decor and beautiful, impressive doorways.:

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Across from St-Maclou was this little pastry shop. We loved stopping in such Boulangerie Patisserie locations all over France, Spain and Portugal. Just looking involves no calories and provides so much wonderful "eye candy". Plus, nice smells, smiles and staff!!:

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Here is another wooden-timbered building example as we explored the narrow, old streets around Rouen. Lots of nice flower boxes observed.:

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In this Rouen neighbor near St-Maclou, there many very high-class antique and furniture stores. Here is just one example!:

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In this one small square, they had this nice statute to honor Claude Monet. Yes, he lived 86 years. It was an amazing and highly-productive career.:

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Here is the final group of visuals from our visit to Rouen. It was challenging to narrow down to the just the "best of the best" in this historic town. Have many more, but you get the "idea" for the churches, buildings, etc., that grace this French town.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 51,654 views for these postings.

 

Also near St-Maclou, here is another interesting and different building design and architectural "look". Not boring or bland in Rouen.:

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Here is a sharp contrast to the Gothic masterworks that dominate Rouen. It is the modern Église Jeanne d'Arc, in the Place du Vieux Marché. It was built it 1979, replacing the older Church of St-Vincent, which was destroyed in 1944 during World War II. Fortunately, the 16th century stained glass windows from St-Vincent had been removed and stored. They are now utilized in this newer church. Outside of the church (and shown on the left in this below picture) is a large cross that is a monument to Jeanne d'Arc. This is the site where the “Maid of Orleans’’ was burned at the stake in 1431. The black slate roof resembles a giant billowing sail that is catching a gale-force wind.:

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As a part of Place du Vieux Marché, there is a market place operating. Always love such markets in Europe. Below are a couple of visual examples for what we experienced when visiting here.:

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Here is the Rouen restaurant that inspired Julia Child. It is La Couronne that has hosted many luminaries over the years dating back to 1345 when this restaurant was established as part of an inn. Its longevity is important, but more significant was its impact in American kitchens in the 20th century. This is the place where Julia Child was first introduced to French cooking. As she tells it in “My Life in France,’’ it was “the most exciting meal of my life.’’ That first French meal for Julia was on Nov. 3, 1948. A framed, signed photograph of Child is just amid a gallery’s worth of diplomats, dignitaries, actors, singers and sports stars that line La Couronne’s walls. We considered having lunch here, but it seemed a little too touristy and pricey. It has six dining rooms with dark wood paneling and chairs, and medieval tapestries within the building's different levels. That famous Julia Child meal was featured in the 2009 movie when “Julie & Julia,’’ starring Meryl Streep, came out from Hollywood. Great looking structure with its flags, design, history, etc.! Plus, being right across the street from the Joan of Arc historic site/church.:

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