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From: Uniworld River Baroness cruise review

Day 4: Rouen (6)

Carved building facade in Rouen

No tours or other activities were scheduled after lunch, so we went walking on our own. As we strolled inland from the Seine along the Rue de la Republique, we encountered this 19th Century building with an ornate façade.


Lavomatic laundromat in Rouen

Just up the road, a laundromat gave off a more modern (but still retro) vibe.


Funeral parlor in Rouen

A funeral parlor offered a choice between burial and cremation. (We preferred to skip both.)


Tattoo parlor in Rouen

Nearby, a tattoo parlor featured a more overt death motif.


Rue du Petit Mouton

We saw more of Rouen's 2,000 or so half-timbered houses. These were on the Rue du Petit Mouton, or "Street of the Lamb."


Retirement home in Rouen, France

As we explored the back streets, we found a peaceful square where several half-timbered buildings that had been integrated into a modern retirement home.


 Rouen's Hotel de Ville and St-Ouen Church

Finally we reached the goal of our afternoon walk, the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the église St-Ouen or St-Ouen Church.


Interior of St-Ouen Church, Rouen

Cheryl Imboden in Eglise St-Ouen, Rouen

The church was enormous. (St-Ouen is bigger than Rouen Cathedral, and our guide during the morning River Baroness walking tour had suggested visiting it to see its simple, unembellished Gothic architecture.)


Saint-Ouen Church, Rouen

St-Ouen is a popular venue for organ concerts and other cultural events, so we weren't surprised to find cables and electrical boxes scattered around the vast 15th Century interior.


Park behind St-Ouen Church, Rouen

Behind St-Ouen, an attractively-landscaped park wrapped around the church, its cloister, and the Hôtel de Ville.


Dog and owner in Rouen's St-Ouen park

This young woman and her dog were enjoying a walk in the park. (We've obscured their faces to protect the guilty: According to a park sign, dogs are forbidden.)


Half-timbered house near St-Ouen Church

This half-timbered house on the Rue des Faulx had a clear view of the park through the trees.


Dachshund sign in Rouen, France

We had plenty of time before we needed to report back to the ship, so we followed a "curb your dog" pavement sign that pointed toward the center of Rouen's Old Town.


Bus rapid transit in Rouen, France

Later, after wanderings that included visits to the Rouen branches of the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores, we walked back to the Seine. Along the way, we snapped this photo of bus rapid transit (BRT) in central Rouen.


RIVER BARONESS in Rouen, France

The promenade along the Seine was dotted with walkers and joggers as we returned to River Baroness.


Wire-haired fox terrier in Rouen

Back at the ship, we met a friendly older man who was walking his Wire-Haired Fox Terrier along the quay.


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