Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cruising the Seine River

An overnight stay in Rouen, the historic buildings beautifully lit, and a morning stay that enabled passengers to get to Giverney and to the Abbey's of Jumieges and St. George de Boscherville.  The distinctive towers of Notre Dame de Jumieges made this the tallest church of 11th Century Normandy.

Claude Monet painted Rouen from St. Catherine's viewpoint as well executing a well known series of the Cathedral facade demonstrating the effects of changing light. The gardens of his home at nearby Giverney also inspired many of his Impressionist works.

Cruising the Seine River, on the way back out to sea, the sunshine, albeit briefly, bounced off the chalk cliffs and the dramatic bridges near the mouth of the river.