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Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen

Rouen CathedralThe Cathedral de Notre Dame in Rouen is illuminated at night Cathédrale de Lumière 15 June – 22 September 2018 – see www.rouentourisme.com

A new museum opened in Rouen (76 Seine Maritime, Normandie) in 2015 dedicated to the life of that iconic French heroine Joan of Arc:  Historial Jeanne d’Arc 7, rue Saint-Romain, 76000 Rouen


Rouen Fete du Ventre posterIn OCTOBER the city of Rouen celebrates Normandy’s food and gastronomy  with the Fête du Ventre (Festival of the Stomach) 13 – 14 October 2018 in the Old Market quarter of the city with more than 180 producers of fruit(apples) and vegetables, cheeses, dairy, chocolates, pastries , alcoholic beverages and more…. – see www.rouentourisme.com


Historial Jeanne d’ArcRouen was where Jeanne d’Arc was tried by the English and then burned at the stake in 1431 It was also where a later trial by the French exonerated her posthumously  and eventually beatified and canonized her (in 1920). She is one of the patron saints of France.

In Rouen, the memory of Joan of Arc lingers in the patrimony and landscape – the old Market Place, the Keep where she was threatened with torture and the archiepiscopal complex where some of the hearings of her trial were held.

coulommierscheeseIt is perhaps Orléans (45 Loiret,Centre) which has a prior claim on her – she is known as “The Maid of Orléans”, as it was there that she played a major role in lifting the siege of the city of Orléans and ultimately to the restoration of the French King Charles VII.

Reims (51 Marne, Champagne-Ardenne) is another city with links to the Maid – being the place where Charles VII was crowned.

Historial Jeanne d’Arc 7, rue Saint-Romain, 76000 Rouen

Brittany Ferries offers routes from Portsmouth to Le Havre (about 50 miles by car or 50 minutes by train) and Caen (about 85 miles by car) or

DFDS goes from Newhaven to Dieppe (about 40 miles by car, or 50 minutes by train)

You can book your train in France at Loco2.com

D-House Appart Jardin

D-House Appart Jardin

Holiday accommodation in Rouen including hotels, B&B and self-catering such as the  D-House Appart Jardin, located on the south bank of the river and  a 5-minute walk from the shops on Place des Enmures, and a 15 minute walk to the Historial Jeanne d’Arc!

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