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Rouen is a town French situated along the River Seine in the Normandy region of France. Once the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy during the Middle Ages, Rouen was once one of the most wealthy and prosperous cities in medieval Europe. The heroine of France, Joan of Arc, was famously burned at the stake in the town square in 1431 during the Hundred Years war with the Kingdom of England. Today, the city retains much of its historical and cultural heritage, as well as plenty of modern and metropolitan attractions, such as shopping streets, thriving bars, and atmospheric restaurants. Finding your ideal hotel in Rouen can be a long and stressful task, especially if you have a certain budget. With Venere, you can find the hotel perfect for your expectations with the aid of thousands of user submitted reviews, photo galleries from thousands of hotels, and the location from Google maps.
What's Rouen Like?
The city perfectly combines both the old and new, with plenty to appeal to all. Art and culture buffs especially will be spoiled for choice in Rouen. One of the most iconic landmarks in the city is Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (Our Lady Cathedral of Rouen), with its Gothic style structure and period artwork on the interior. There are plenty of other similar religious sites in the city, such as St. Maclou's Church and Musee Secq des Tournelles, the latter of which is also a museum. Rue Saint-Romain and Rue Eau de Robec are two inspiring shopping streets with architecture that will transport you back to the Middle Ages. Of course, the streets also have plenty of shops and eateries for a relaxing afternoon.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Rouen
Summer in Rouen spans from June to September, and temperatures rise to approximately 22°C, although has been known to occasionally rise as high as 29°C. Many of the landmarks and places of interest are within easy walking distance of the town center, making a comfortable and sturdy pair of walking shoes your perfect companion. The long walks through the city streets and high temperatures mean that it is essential to carry some bottled water and dry snacks with you in a backpack. Unless you have practical French language skills, it would be ideal to carry a pocket phrase book with you, as you will have a much easier time getting around and communicating with the locals. You can find the local tourist information office on 25 Place de la Cathédrale, where you can find all the latest news regarding events and festivals.
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