This morning I was expecting to be up and early for a new experience- giving a bike tour of the city of Rouen. On Saturday afternoon I perfected the route, out on my own in glorious sunshine, wheeling my way along the river quay, past the many boats moored there, before climbing slowly up to the prefecture and passing the church of Joan of Arc nearby.enjoying the flower sellers in the street,and the Gros Horloge,and taking a pit stop in the cool of the abbey of St Ouen, an often missed, but gem of a monument, which easily competes with the cathedral for it’s light and perfect symmetry.But at 6 this morning a great crack of thunder and the rain came pouring down. I was prepared for the eventual soaking but by 9 the clients had cancelled and I now find myself with a free day!
I was thinking what an lovely week this has been for variety, which is perhaps what makes this job as good as it is.
When I’m not in Rouen, my “office” can be found generally with a wonderful view!
On Thursday this was my office at “Giverny”, the famous home and garden of Claude Monet.Then on Friday I met a boat at Les Andelys to walk up to Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart’s fortress at the top of the cliff. It was tough sitting waiting for the boat to come in!Later that afternoon we took a closer inspection of a tributary of the river.
and I have Jay and Betty to thank for immortalizing it for posterity!
On Saturday I was up again at the crack of dawn to head of to the Château of La Roche Guyon, a castle that spans the centuries from its early dwelling in the year 260 with troglodyte caves dug deep into the cliffs to its 18th century extensions. We just had enough time to climb to the 12 century donjon (keep) some 350 steps above the river and to take in the view.Even if I did have considerable difficulty getting some of the clients to come down again!
On Sunday another walking tour of Rouen before heading out yesterday to the Château Vascoeuil for an evening of cocktails and music in this historic building and art centre, home to over sixty sculptures in its gardens, including several of Dali.Tomorrow I shall head off to see my favorite dogs, Bêtise and Huge, two border collies who mind the ecological lawn mowers, the flock of 100 sheep at the award-winning cider farm, Duclos Fougeray.It’s all go! But never let it be said that I don’t like heading to the office because I really don’t mind the view!
Which view would you chose to have from your office?
What a fabulous job you have! I’m suffering envy after reading your post. As an ex school teacher, there was never a great view from my window usually one of the playground, if I was lucky! Your views are breathtaking.
You needed to work in a village I often pass through. It has a resident producer of ancient and modern roses. One day he took it upon himself to plant up the whole village roadside verges with roses and the school and mairie gardens! It must be one of the prettiest school playgrounds with climbing roses scrambling all over the walls!
Great photos all! I especially love the fellow standing in the punt at Giverny – glorious colors all around. You do live in an exceptional corner of France. How exciting it must be to share it with your tour clients, and see it afresh with their eyes. I wish I could see Paris again for the first time.
Lovely, evocative photos 🙂 And very nice to see my old favourites in Rouen … I so loved my two months, working doing “figuration” for the “Theatre des Arts” when I was a student and I found Normandy so very beautiful. I think this was the beginning of my yearnings for a French life!
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One day you should come again! It’s not always beautiful. The following day we had torrential rain!!!
As well as the wonderful changing scenery, it would be such fun to have new and excited clients each time.
So true! It’s really nice to constantly meet new people, and fun to have them several days in a row sometimes in several different places.
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