As it turned out, I got a three-day “weekend” for Bastille Day. I put “weekend” in quotes because the three days were Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. But no matter. I found this out on Saturday, and by the time I got home from work, Nick was already researching last-minute getaways. (Isn’t he the best?)
We found ourselves in Rouen Monday morning. Rouen is known for its cathedral, which was the subject of a large series of paintings by Claude Monet. Rouen is also famous for being the site of the burning at the stake of Joan of Arc. (Incidentally, she was born in Orléans, where I went for a weekend last summer. I swear I’m not doing the Joan of Arc tour on purpose!)
Rouen is located in France’s Normandy region, and since I haven’t written any Regional French Cuisine posts yet this month, it seemed like a good idea to name July Normandy Month. (I was originally saving Normandy for September, seeing as it’s famous for its apples, but there we were, so I went with it.) After finding our way to our hotel and getting a couple of maps from the tourist office, Nick and I set out in search of some lunch. And by “set out,” I mean “got some beers at a café and made some phone calls.” Holiday weekends can be tough in France, and a lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays anyway, so I wanted to make sure we’d have somewhere to go before hitting the cobblestone streets. An affirmative response from Le P’tit Bec, which specializes in traditional cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal products, and we were off to the incredibly charming Rue Eau de Robec.