Rouen is a great city. It has endured many things- plague, wars, and the passage of centuries. Our hotel is directly beside the cathedral close (the wall around it). The neighborhood is packed with blocks of crooked half-timbered buildings interspersed with modern structures built after the city was badly damaged in WWII. One church has been left a ruin, with the addition of a children’s playground. We visited a 13th century plague necropolis (now occupied by an art school), and the site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom.