Enjoyed a light breakfast before picking up our rental car
near the pier. It was relatively easy to get out of Le Havre and (of course)
easy from there to drive to Rouen - stopped to get Francs in a small village,
hopped back on the main road and made the trip in good time.
We started with view of Ste. Jeanne d'Arc, stopped for cool drink, and discovered
we'd left the keys in the car. We returned to the parking
garage and (fortunately) we had not locked the hatchback
and so could (ungracefully) get to the key. We went to Notre
Dame Cathedral - most impressive - 12th Century stained
glass in fine condition - restoration well done - crypts
of Richard Lionheart, Charles V, and William the Conqueror.
Visited other "eglises" along the way as well
as a black plague victims' cemetery. Saw the clock on the
arch leading to Notre Dame - high Gothic architecture of
the Justice Building. Had the good luck to hear an old pipe
organ being played in Maclou - fine experience. The
church had 14th-century "surfaced" glass which
was faded and drab compared to earlier vitrine. Fabulous
Gothic architecture including "flying buttresses"
(a favorite), took lots of photos. On our walk back to the
car, we picked up an apple tartin and éclair au chocolat
- nice treat. Countryside drive back along the rive droite
past several "abbayes", small towns, dairies,
fields, forests, river views, stunning! Found car return
by dead reckoning. Ate early, stopped by Michael's for a
cigar and Metaxa - ready for early bed - tired but pleased
with today's adventures.