Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Looking for Yarn - Part Three: France

Port of Honfleur ~ Normandy France

Bell Tower of Church of Saint Catherine

On the streets of Honfleur (maybe she was looking for yarn, too!)
Our stop in France took us to two places, Honfleur and Rouen, both located in Normandy.  Honfleur is a picturesque port village first mentioned in history in 1027.  Samuel de Champlain set forth on his famous expedition of 1608, which resulted in the founding of Quebec, from Honfleur.  Artists, such as Claude Monet, found much beauty here to express in their paintings.  I, too, found beauty, but no yarn shops!

Flower stand ~ Rouen, France
Cathedral of Rouen ~  Normandy, France

16th Century Stained Glass ~ Church of St. Joan of Arc, Rouen

From Honfleur, we ventured to the city of Rouen, site of the amazing Gothic Cathedral of Rouen and the spot where St. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.  On that spot today stands a church built in 1979 and dedicated to St. Joan of Arc. It features 16th century stained glass windows which were rescued from the church of St. Vincent, destroyed by bombing during World War II.  The colors and artistry of these windows takes one's breath away.  I didn't find any yarn shops, but did find a few minutes for peaceful reflection and prayer.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not in search of yarn but your posts make me increasingly envious of your trip!