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Summer is the time for exploring, and Rouen is a short one to two-hour train trip from Paris – the perfect distance for a day trip. Famously described by Victor Hugo as the city of ‘a hundred spires,’ the Medieval buildings and half-timbered houses hint at Rouen’s rich past, which includes one of the most infamous events in European history: the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, which took place while the city was under English rule during the 15th century. Today, the Joan of Arc Museum is one of the regional capital’s biggest tourist attractions, alongside its imposing Medieval Cathedral and its ornate 14th-century astronomical clock (the Gros Horloge).
📍 Rouen, trains leave from Paris’ Gare St Lazare
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