Feb 09, 2013
. After a short stop and a nice cup of coffee and cake we headed off for Rouen. I have to say the GPS comes in very handy when you look for a specific address in a city. We drove straight up to the parking garage 50 meters from our Hotel and parked. After checking into the Hotel next to Rouen railway station we went for a walk. We were impressed the well preserved buildings mixed together with a large pedestrian only area created a very nice atmosphere. And history to burn. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, Rouen was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy in the Middle Ages. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. The cathedral is gigantic, the clocktower definitely worth a look at and then you got the Place du Vieux Marche where good old Joan of Arc got roasted..
Caught a taxi to Courbevoie to pick up our Peugeot 308. Traffic and Paris, what a nightmare! Or is it just the way they drive? If a traffic light turns yellow they try and fit as many cars as possible on the intersection before it turns red. Then they wonder why they have a traffic jam. All the same we got our car, even the same colour as Fran's at home. First off I thought about complaining, they told us we get a new car but it already had 6 K's on the clock and the steering wheel was on the wrong side too. Anyhow I thought I'd let them get away with it for once. It took us longer to get the GPS organised then to get the car delivered. We hit the highway just to get out of town then we took the country roads. First stop was a place called Vernon. It's a pretty little town on the river Seine and just 6 K's from Giverny (Monet's garden). Unfortunately the gardens don't open until April I think. Maybe it has something to do with the snow still lying around. From there we drove to Les Andelys, unfortunately it was overcast and at times even drizzling