In no time, we were in the bus and setting off. First stop -- Monet's Garden
Then, on to Rouen, only about 40 km away. And what was the first stop? The Gothic Notre Dame cathedral of course. It was started in the 12th Century but there was a church in the same place as early as the 4th century.
We then explored the Place du Vieux-Marché (The Old Market) which is surrounded by amazing medieval buildings.
The Old Market square is also infamous as the site where Jeanne d’Arc was burned to death in 1431.
Joan of Arc was only 16 when she claimed that divine guidance required her to recover her homeland from English domination. Can you imagine a 16 year old girl today convincing a future king that she should be given command of an army? Well, Joan did that in the 15th century. She overcame the dismissive attitude of the commanders and led the army to victory! She helped the 100 Years' War come to an end.
Unfortunately for Joan, she was captured by the English and tried for heresy. The trial was fraudulent, but she was condemned and burned at the stake in 1431.