The delightful trip to Historic Rouen and Monet's Garden began with Lunch at School and a presentation by Lisa Hayat, Head of History of Art on the Impressionists.
The tour was based in the historic city of Rouen where Notre-Dame Cathedral with its splendid Tour de Beurre (butter tower) was immortalised in a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Another highlight is the famous Gros Horloge, a huge astronomical clock dating back to the 16th Century (the movement dates back to 1389). The Church of St Joan of Arc (completed in 1979) stands in the centre of the Place du Vieux Marché (Old Market Square) on the site of Joan of Arc’s pyre; Joan was burned at the stake on 30th May 1431. Although the city was heavily damaged during World War 2, the Old Town features beautiful half-timbered buildings and there are many Museums and first class restaurants to enjoy in the city.
The trip was hosted by the wonderful Andy Thompson of Eye Witness Tours, we're extremely grateful for his knowledge and enthusiasm.