Rouen or Brussels: Day Trip from Paris

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Nov 11th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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I agree with joannyc. I hate to split stays in any city....eats up too much transportation time, not to mention packing and unpacking. On arrival you are already tired and jetlagged. Slog on to Chamonix.
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Nov 11th, 2013, 02:45 PM
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We already books paris appt and chamonix hotel On another note, I have been looking further into Amsterdam and feel it will be very expensive between flight from geneva, train back to paris and lodging. So we should just stick to France.
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Nov 11th, 2013, 03:10 PM
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I will now ask Rouen vs Dijon?
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Nov 11th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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I think either would be a good day trip, and probably just depends on your strongest interests. If you have a strong interest in JOan of Arc, I'd go to Rouen, of course, just to see that donjon, mainly. Because the church named after her is modern (although interesting architecture, actually), and the Joan of Arc museum is really kitschy.
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Nov 11th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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I went to Rouen last year and did not love it. I think Stu's rating of a 6/10 is in the ballpark, although probably still a little too high for me. I've also been to Brussels and I think 4/10 is about right as well in the context of Paris being a 10/10.

Stu, I'm surprised you gave Strasbourg the same rating as Rouen. I haven't been to Strasbourg but on travel shows and in pictures it looks much more beautiful to me than Rouen.

One other thing, I know Stu loves Dijon so it will be interesting to get his rating for it on a ten point scale.
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Nov 11th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Dijon 7
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Nov 12th, 2013, 01:52 AM
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Brussels, of course!!!!!! There are plenty things to enjoy there, icluding beer, chocolate, lots of sightseeing allurments! Frankly speaking, the best of Belgium might be found precisely in this city. Besides every street is adorned with funny monuments that cannot but make you laugh if you learn their story here are some of them http://www.belgium.net/belgium-guide...-brussels.html). I've visited Brussels with friends and there was plenty of fun for sure!
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Nov 12th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Brussels is a stop over to go to Brugge or Antwerp. Not at all touristy and very friendly Belgians.
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Nov 15th, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Between Rouen and Brussels it would depend on what your interests are. My wife and I have visited both. We have a strong historical interest and Joan of Arc was important for us. I must tell you that standing on the ground where she was burnt, surrounded by those medieval buildings gave us both feelings of sadness simply imagining what it must have been like at that time. With your time limitation I would visit Rouen.
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Nov 15th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Brussels definitely has churches, beer, and chocolates on it's side but in the winter not much else
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