Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rouen and Caen

We had been on a train for four hours Wednesday evening so we decided to cut our day short and stay in Rouen.  It was raining and dreary. Kelly and I sat in the train station with our luggage while Keith and Josh set out to find us a hotel.  Keith found us a cheap little place right by the train station - all four of us for only 80 euros.  It was okay except for one thing.  You know those gross old towels that you've used for ten years to wash your car, those were the towels they gave us.  They were still damp and smelled like bleach.  I used my robe to dry off when I got out of the horrid little shower.  Not that I'm one to complain.  We woke up early the next morning and caught the train for Caen.  
Caen was a great town.  The only problem was they didn't have lockers in the train station and we did not want to drag our stuff all over town.  I ran across the street and found a small hotel that agreed to store our luggage for us.  We took a little site seeing train around town and then headed to the World War 11 Museum.  The museum was amazing and we all wished we had had more time.  Two hours was not close to enough.  From there we took a 15 minute train ride to Bayeux.  This is where I had read was a good starting off point to head to Normandy beaches.  Bayeux is another cool, old mid evil town with the most beautiful cathedral right out our hotel window.

Rouen Cathedral
Rouen museum of fine arts
Castle walls of William the Conqueror, 11th century, Caen
Abbaye de Sainte-Trinité, Abbaye aux Dames
Église Saint-Étienne, Caen, burial place of William the Conqueror
Église Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux, Caen

Mémorial de Caen Musée, Normandie

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