Saturday, March 13, 2010

So Rouenesque.

The one thing that can really cheer me up one a sad day, is a walk around Rouen! I love this city so much and I can't bear the thought of leaving :( *sniff*
This is my favourite house in Rouen
Because its all so wonky-tonky!
I love the Aitre Saint-Maclou, they church is filled with hundreds of chairs to seat the handful of parishioners!
You can find pretty ornaments outside restaurants!
You see jets leave a trail across the steeple and buttress of the main cathedral.
Monet's cathedral is a marvel!
This is my favourite road in Rouen, Rue Gros Horloge! The most important monument in Roue is this grand old clock!

I love the wood-framed houses all over Rouen aka Maison a colombages. 

The pretty red carousels that come out during spring at all the market squares! 
My best picture of 2009-2010, Claude Monet looks at nature and say ''here is my workshop'', I love the shadow of the Rouen cathedral that falls on the billboard! x
The ceramic shop is a hit with all the tourists, especially since a magician works there!
All the churches have intricate designs, and they catch your attention instantly. If only someone told me what they mean!

Not only Flaubert and Maupassant, but even the famous Corneille lived here!
Tweet-Tweet  I love spring!

Do dawdle in Deauville but a little longer in Honfleur..


A teacher invited me on a short day trip to two little Norman towns called Honfleur and Deauville. The former, besides being my favourite is also famous for its maze of beautiful streets full of crafts, antique shops and art studios. Eglise de Saint Cathérine, the largest wooden church in France is one of the main attractions mainly because of its resemblance to an upturned hull (thats because the carpenters who worked on the church normally constructed ships in this port town.) Deauville on the other hand still remains the sea side resort frequented by the uber chic/rich Parisians. Its most important achievement is the Casino de Deauville and partly the American film festival it organises every year (since 1975) and has welcomed the likes of Angelina Jolie, the Beatles, blah blah blah. What appealed most to me were the ''Planches de Deauville'', the famous wooden promenade built in the early 1900s so that women could enjoy walking along the beach without soiling their clothes in the sand! I may not be the biggest fan of Deauville but here is what artist Eugen Boudin has to say, ''Nature,'' he wrote in his diary, ''remains far richer than I can paint her. In Normandy, with its chalky cliffs and hills of granite, apple orchards and green pastures, sandy beaches and sparkling sea, nature is rich indeed. But there are other riches: Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance chateaus and churches, harbors, turn-of-the-century villas - and Deauville.''

The infamous "Planches de Deauville".