Europe 2014

Jumièges, 17-18 May


  Driving from Arras towards Amiens, we passed many WW1 cemeteries. We stopped at Queen's Cemetery, Bucquoy, so called because the first burials were of 23 soldiers from the 2nd Queen's Regiment. There are now over 700 men commemorated here. *
  Our reason for going towards Amiens was to visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. †
  There was more fighting in the area during WW2, and the Memorial was damaged. *
  We arrived in Jumièges late in the afternoon, and looked around this attractive village. This was the small Mairie. *
  We had a quick look at the remains of the Abbey from outside. *
  And then had dinner at a pleasant restaurant near the Seine. *
  The next day, we drove into Rouen and spent some time in this attractive city. *
  The ancient clock is one of the main sights. *
  The west front of Rouen Cathedral, as painted so many times by Monet, but under restoration and mostly hidden by scaffolding when we visited. *
  Detail of tympanum above the doorway. †
  Tracery of the rose window. *
  We could not visit the inside of the Cathedral, as there was a very long Confirmation service. So we walked around the town. First the little gothic church of St Maclou. *
  The church was heavily damaged in WW2, but has been lovingly restored. Some very old grisaille glass was replaced in jig-saw fashion to retain what could be saved. *
  Replacement glass in the rose window. *
  Then to the Abbey of St Ouen. Very grim and dirty outside, with parts of the facade roped off because of falling stones, but a light-filled soaring space inside. *
  The ceiling and upper lights. *
  We wandered back through narrow streets ... *
  and eventually found ourselves in Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. *
  After a good lunch sitting in the sun, we visited the market. *
  By then the lunchtime closing of the Church of St Joan was over. The sweeping roof line is intended to reference the flames of her martyrdom. *
  Inside, there is much stained glass ... *
  but the only reference to Joan was this small impressionistic statue. *
  From Rouen, we set off back to Jumièges, going along some country lanes. *
  We stopped at St Martin de Boscherville to see the Abbey of St George, a 13th century Benedictine Abbey with striking Romanesque architecture sitting in lovely green gardens and white roses. *
  Then back to Jumièges to have a good look at the Abbey. *
  The Abbey Gatehouse. †

As you can see, our day in Jumièges was one of the busier days of our holiday. Next stop was Bayeux.


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