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Trip Report

Rouen, Paris and Strasbourg! A new great combo!

The perfect combo, visiting a small, medium and big city in France will get you the best experience. All in one trip.

by gabriela cortesAbout Me:I'm a 21 year old Colombian girl, living in Bogotá and attending Law School. I love to travel and I have lived in Canada and France, looking forward to live in many other parts of the world. read more

France6 days / October 2018

Highs & Lows

Be sure to try the French cuisine!

At this time of the year the weather is starting to get cold so be sure to be prepared for it!

Itinerary Overview

The first day we arrived by bus to Rouen. Rouen is a small city in the north of France. It is the capital of the French region Normandy. We stayed there for two nights. The day we hoy there we went to have lunch to a place called JM's Café. We ordered a great lasagna, a traditional Carbonara Pasta, some carpaccio and a pizza to share. The prices were not at all high and it was really worth it. After that we went to the famous church called St Joan of Arc's Church. This city has great history because Joan of Arc, known as the heroin of France was born there. This Church is named after her and inside there's posters telling her story. That night we had a home cooked dinner and decided to go out to party to a place called Ibiza. With our ticket we hoy a free drink. The party is really good, the place is big and the music is also great. I really recommend going. The next day we went to to see the Rouen Cathedral, which has a lot of history too because centuries ago it was almost destroyed by a lighting. Then we saw the famous Gros Horloge, which is a huge astronomical gold clock in the middle of the city. We then went to visit Vieux Rouen, which is the historical zone of the city. For mee is the most charming place of the city. We had lunch in a small place downtown and that night we went to a Carnival that was being held in Port Autonome de Rouen. It was really fund, lots of activities and delicious food, mostly desserts. The next day we woke up early and took a bus to Paris, which was only a 2 hour trip. 

Once we hoy there, we took the metro to our hotel which was in the 11th arrondissement. Our hotel was called Camelia Prestige, it was a good size room with a comfortable bed and a really good location, just 2 minutes away from a metro station. That day we started by going to the Sacre Coeur, the beautiful basilique  in the top of Montmatre, the highest point of the city. We then visited the Champs Elysees. We then walked there and went shopping. We had dinner in a pizza place near our hotel. The next morning we had breakfast in a small cafe called Castel Cafe Paris, we had a hot chocolate, orange juice, a sugar crepe and croissants. The check was around 15 euros. After that we went to the Musee du Louvre, it is my all time favorite museum. Because of its lengths I highly recommend to spend a whole day visiting it and getting the audio tour guide. This costs around 10 euros and it is really worth it, that way you can really get the whole experience. We then visited the Eiffel Tower, it is the most amazing thing in all of Paris. We didn't get to go up the tower because the line was too long. That night we met up with some friends and had dinner. The next morning we checked out of our hotel and then had just a few hours before we had to take our bus to the next destination. So we visited the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, and the Jardin du Luxemburg. 

We took our bus to Strasbourg, which took 4 hours and a half. When we arrived we went to the Airbnb we rented and went to the supermarket to buy something to eat. The next day we went walking to tour the city. We visited Grande Île, which is great because It’s the historical centre of the city so you really get to admire its beauty. We also went to the Strasbourg cathedral and St. Paul Cathedral. We had dinner in a traditional restaurant near St. Paul and went back to the apartment. The day we had breakfast in a cafe near our house and headed to the Musee des Art Decoratifs, we had a tour by boat of the city which only cost 7 euros. After that we went to a great restaurant called La Cuiller à Pot. Lastly we had to get back to our Airbnb and get our bags and therefore end our trip.

  • 2 Nights: Rouen
    The cathedrals! They have great history and are really beautiful.
  • 2 Nights: Paris
    The Eiffel Tower is a must! And the great museums
  • 2 Nights: Strasbourg
    The cultural experience.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have stayed at least a week in Paris. It is really a great city to visit and with so much to visit.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Our Airbnb in Strasbourg was a little dar from downtown, I would suggest to stay in a place near the center of the city so you can be walking distance to a lot of places.

  • How was the food?

    In Rouen I really recommend to go to JM's Cafe! The food was absolutely delicious.

  • Packing tips?

    Be sure to check the weather in all three cities so you can take the right clothing.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The bus was a great idea, it is cheap and the travel time between these three places was not long. The train takes less but it certainly costs more.

  • Booking details?

    We did all by ourselves, I don't believe a travel agency is needed.

Lodging

  • We stayed at a friend's apartment which helped with our budget for the trip.

  • Our hotel was called Camelia Prestige, which was in the 11th arrondissement, it was a good size room with a comfortable bed and a really good location, just 2 minutes away from a metro station.

  • We stayed in a great Airbnb. It is a good way to save up money.