What I love about Rouen

I’ve been moving to different cities across France – from the south to the north, and now I’m currently stuck in the capital city of Normandy, Rouen. It’s been more than two years living in Normandy, but I’ve never written about Rouen. I usually visit the town on Saturday and when it was not raining. My first year living in Normandy was pretty hard, you rarely had friends visit because Normandy always sounds gloomy and sad, so no one is really interesting to visit this city unless they have reason to go to. But, after more than two years, I’m getting used to love everything about this city. At the end, it’s just a matter of time and how you see and enjoy new things differently.

La Cathedral des Notre Dame
La Cathedral de Notre Dame
  1. It seriously rains a lot – it rains on 4 days in 7 days period, mostly during the weekend. It sounds sad, I know, but if you’re a true Norman, the rains won’t bother you to go out.
  2. You will bring your big-strong umbrella anywhere you go, just in case it’s raining in beautiful sunny day – Say good bye to your small-compact umbrella, it won’t work in Normandy.
  3. You just spent 650 €/month for a big two bedrooms apartment with nice view of the River Seine – I don’t think you will have this good deal in Paris. When I lived in Marseille, I only can afford one small bedroom with 500 €/month.
  4. You can eat proper food in French restaurant with affordable price – I always love eating good food. I rarely had that when I was in the South or even in Lille. Sometimes the price is not affordable, but in Normandy, 5/7 random restaurant I had visited, I mostly have best value for money.
  5. You can have home made foie gras everyday – This time I’m a little bit exaggerating, but you can indeed eat foie gras every season, even in French brasseries. By the way, foie gras is not a paté. Price is from 8 € to 15 € for two slices of foie gras, toast, and salad.
  6. You’re not going to wear your heals when you walk in the town centre – unless you have someone to hold on to. Some streets in city centre are made from cobblestone, and even it’s not raining, it’s pretty slippery.

    Rue des Gros Horloge
    Rue des Gros Horloge
  7. The oldest restaurant in France is in Rouen – Even though I have never had an occasion to go there, but I’m pretty proud to say that Rouen has the oldest restaurant in France. 

    Restaurant la Couronne
    Restaurant la Couronne
  8. Town centre always packed on sunny Saturday – It’s like everyone from the suburbs and surrounded cities, also the tourists are going to the same place – you cannot walk peacefully, you definitely cannot ride your bike, no tranquil window shopping, restaurant are packed and impossible to take picture without having people at the background. It kindly reminds me of walking in Champs Elysée, Paris.
  9. Lots of tea-shop, bars and brunch cafeteria in walking distance – from the vintage, classic to modern style. So, when it’s raining, you can just jump in and stay warm.  

    French bar
    Classic French bar
  10.  You’re not very far from anything – from the beaches, Paris, airports, Calais, Deauville and Giverny (Jardin de Monet). Long story short, you will always have a reason to go out.
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16 thoughts on “What I love about Rouen

  1. Normandy sounds a LOT like England! Especially the bit about the rain and the umbrellas!! I love reading about traveling and food so will stay tuned to your blog 🙂

  2. It sounds like a wonderful city to live in. I had to laugh at your comment, “currently I am stuck in Normandy, Rouen. LOL! I hope you find yourself “unstuck” and enjoy the city!

    1. Hello! I used “stuck” word, because it is commonly known that living in Normandy sounds sad and gloomy because of the weather. But I want to tell everyone that it wasn’t all true, except the gloomy day. There’s a lot of interesting things to do, lots of nice restaurants and nice people as well.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I’ve never been out of America so I love reading about different places I would love to visit!

  4. Hello. Lovely blog, and thanks for looking at mine.
    We sailed our yacht from the UK over the Channel and up to Rouen where we had the masts taken down before heading for Paris on the Seine and then down to the south of France. We stayed several days in Rouen and liked it very much. Some of my photos are the same as yours! We liked the modern buildings along the river front, the old churches and houses, the shops, the fabulous bus system! A great city to visit. Have you ever been to Greece?

  5. Greece is a marvellous place to visit, there are absolutely no problems for tourists. You are free to withdraw money everywhere. Last year the amount was restricted for residents, but it’s all fine now.

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