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Big hairy balls of fire are located here metaphorically since the french have small balls.

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Rouen [1] is the capital of the French region of Haute-Normandie and situated on the River Seine, approximately 90 minutes drive north-west (135 km) from the centre of Paris. The city has a population of 110,000 and its metropolitan area includes some 520,000 inhabitants.

  • From Paris, Rouen is approximately an hour and a half's drive (135 km) north-west from the centre of the French capital, the fastest route including the A13 motorway (note: this a toll road). An alternative route would include the N14 slightly further to the north.
  • From the Channel port city of Dieppe, Rouen is approximately an hour's drive (66 km) south along the N27.
  • From the French end of the Eurotunnel, Rouen is approximately a 2 hour drive (208 km) using the E402.
  • From other major centres in Normandy, Rouen is respectively 90 km (1 hr 10 mins) from Le Havre, 128 km (1 hr 25 mins) from Caen, 156 km (1 hr 45 mins) from Bayeux and 249 km (2 hr 45 mins) from Cherbourg.

By train

Several trains depart from the St Lazare Station in Paris for Rouen on a daily basis. Tickets cost around 20 euros and can be purchased at the station immediately beforehand. Travel time is about 1hr 15min. For schedules, visit SNCF travel.

Note that the train posting in Paris St-Lazare can be confusing to the first time traveler. The train platform number ("la voie") is not posted unil 15-20 minutes before the departure, so do not panic if you arrive earlier than that. Look for the train heading to Le Havre. Do not forget to punch ("composter") your ticket in one of the yellow machines before boarding. This will validate your ticket.

By boat

from UK : see Dieppe, Le Havre, etc., above. For foot-passengers, the train and ferry journey from London via Newhaven and Dieppe is one of the most pleasant and restful ways of getting to Rouen.

By plane

Rouen's airport has limited connections with various cities.

Get around

The city center is compact and all sights can easily be seen by foot. There are city buses as well as a light rail line.

  • Rouen Cathedral (la cathédrale de Rouen) [2] - the facade of the cathedral was famously painted by Claude Monet at various times during one day - like his Haystacks series of paintings - capturing the subject in a variety of lights. In the summer after dark the city puts on a light show projecting some of Monet's cathedral paintings onto the facade of the cathedral itself, each showing lasts approximately 10 minutes and runs until about midnight.
  • Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the center of la vieille ville. A simple field of wildflowers marks the spot of her martyrdom. Next to it is the modern Eglise de Jeanne d'Arc.
  • The Big Clock (le gros horloge) recently restored, located in the middle of the rue du gros horloge. Climb to the top for a beautiful view of the city.
  • The birthplace of writer Gustave Flaubert, best known for his scandalous novel Madame Bovary, has been converted into a museum of his life and of 19th century medicine (his father and brother were doctors). It is located at 1, rue Lecat, off Boulevard des Belges and not far from place Cauchoise. One can also visit the birthplace of playwright Pierre Corneille at 4, rue de la Pie, a moment's walk from Vieux Marche.
  • The magnificent Gothic Abbatiale St-Ouen is not to be missed. It is next to the Hotel de Ville at the end of Rue de la Republique.
  • Get centered at Tapovan Normandy: Yoga & Ayurvedic Massage Centre. Hameau de Anneville, 76540 Sassetot le Mauconduit. +33 1 45 77 90 59. This ayurvedic centre is set in a peaceful natural setting 60 km nortwest of Rouen. Week-long treatments and training in hatha & nada yoga, reiki, ayurvedic/oil massage, Shirodhara (oil treatments), vegetarian cooking, pre/post-natal massage, etc. International colloquium in May. Closed in winter(?)
  • Market on Saturdays and Sundays at Place Saint Marc. Fresh produce, flowers and bria a brac/ antiques. Well worth a visit.
  • Fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats can be bought at the Vieux Marche. A larger selection, as well as used clothing, furniture, and knick-knacks can be found at the Place de Saint Marc.
  • L'Orangerie, 2 Rue Thomas Corneille 76000 Rouen. Typical French cuisine. Nice setting on busy weekends.  edit
  • Emporium Galorium, 151, Rue Beauvoisine 76000 Rouen, France. Great student bar, home of Rouen's erasmus population.  edit
  • Ermitage Bouquet Hotel - Rouen, France (3 star hotel in Rouen, France), 58 rue Bouquet, 76000 Rouen, France (Rouen), +33 (0)2 32 12 30 40, [3]. checkin: 12am; checkout: 10am. Ermitage Bouquet Hotel in Rouen offers 10 rooms and 3 suites (some with fireplace), furnished in Charles X style with modern facilities (hydro shower or whirlpool bath, Wifi, air conditioning, Electric shutters, etc...) offering a high standing. The staff will always be available to meet your demands (english speaking, call a cab, provide advice to visit the center of Rouen, etc...). Visit for reservation. 95€-160€. (49.4501,1.0892) edit
  • Château du Bosc Theroulde, Route du Bosc Theroulde - 76710 Bosc Theroulde, 02 35 81 35 54, [4]. checkin: 15.00; checkout: 12.00. Enjoy yourselves in this majestic B&B, only 8 miles from the city center of Rouen(1 miles from 18 holes golf course and riding school) ,within easy access from the Normandy A-28-A29-A151 motorways, this elegant Napoleon III style see en:wikipedia Chateau du bosc theroulde will charme you in a fully secured walled park of 4 ha . 80€. (49.55,1.116667) edit 2 rooms available, 2 gites to come.
  • Alive Hotel de Quebec [5] is a clean, comfortable and friendly city centre hotel. It is modestly priced, despite being located just a few minutes walk from the river and Cathedral. This hotel also has arrangements with several local restaurants and can organise "Soirées D'Etape", which include a room, breakfast and evening meal at a restaurant (Note: the hotel has no restaurant itself).
  • Ferme du Coquetot B&B [6]. Ferme du Coquetot is a B&B set on a farm 15 minutes from Rouen. The owners my invite you to see the milking and learn about the farm. Fresh farm products are available for dinner (table d'hotes on booking, 16€ per person) or for breakfast.
  • Hote Versan, close to the Hotel de Ville, 3, Rue Jean Lecanuet 76000, Tél: Comfortable, clean and friendly. parking in underground car park. Very close to town centre, Cathederal, restaurants shops.
  • Dieppe, a lovely seaside resort, 45 minutes away.

The whole Norman countryside, coast, and the Seine valley are spectacular with beautiful peaceful green pastures and forests, white cliffs, and including such famous sites as the cliff-arches of Etretat.

  • An ideal half-day trip would include Les Andelys, a picturesque village with an impressive castle just south of Rouen
  • Next stop could be the little 17-th century harbor of Honfleur (90 km west)
  • Le Havre and its modern architecture which belongs to the prestigious Unesco World Heritage List (regular trains running from Rouen)Visit Le Havre page on the site to get a better view of western Normandy
  • From Rouen station you can reach Bayeux and its impressive tapestry. It is a two-hour train ride and is only 30 minutes from the D-Day beaches. Additionally, busy Lille, chock full of museums and an enormous flea market in October, lies to the North; about two hours on the train, 30€ each way.
  • Vernon and Monet's home at Giverny are both about 40 minutes away on the train (direction of Paris, less than 20€).
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  1. A historical city in Haute-Normandie, Normandie, France


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[[File:|thumb|right|Cathedral of Rouen]] Rouen is a city in the north of France. It has about 110,000 inhabitants.

First settlements in that region were from the 6th century before Christ. The Romans founded Rotomagus about 100 A.D.. Since 384 Rouen is the seat of a bishop. In 841 the Vikings conquered Rouen. It became the capitol of the Duchy of Normandy. In 1204 the Frensh king reconquered Rouen. In 1419 the English crown (Henry IV. of England) conquered the city in the 100-year War between France and England. On May, 30th of 1431 Jeanne D'Arc (the Virgin of Orleans) was burned in Rouen. In 1494 the French got the city back. In 1834 the railway connection Paris-Rouen was opened. Rouen was occupied by the Germans in the Franco-German War of 1870 to 187373 and in both World Wars. In the World War II many buildings were destroyed.

Rouen has a great marine harbor 60 km from the city. Tourism, transportation, the colleges and the university are most important economic factors.

The university of Rouen has about 40,000 students.


  • The Musée des beaux-arts is the museum of art of the city
  • The Musée maritime fluvial et portuaire is a museum about the history of the port of the city and the navigation
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