The next concert was to take place in the afternoon at the Cathedral in Rouen, painted so many times by Monet.


We had arranged to meet our friends from Louviers in front of the cathedral. There we met their charming new baby girl in her pousette. We went to the Place du Vieux Marché, where the modern church of St Joan of Arc  is located. The old church was almost completely destroyed in 1944. The new church incorporates some of the stained glass windows from the old one that wisely were placed in storage during the war.

Church of St Joan of Arc, image from

We had lunch together at a nearby bistro, then walked along the Rue du Gros Horloge the short way to the cathedral.

Gros Horloge, photo from Google Earth

Our friends recorded the concert on video. Unfortunately we could not spend more time with them, because the bus was scheduled to leave for Paris right after the concert. It was our shortest visit ever, but very memorable because we met their first baby (aged 2), and we introduced them to some of our singers. We had to say “au revoir” beside the bus. As mentioned in a previous post, we were to meet them each trip to Paris in the years to come.













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