Rouen, the capital of Normandy, is one of France's major cities with the largest number of old and historic buildings , many streets of half-timbered houses, and a rich selection of monuments. Not just the Cathedral, but the equally spacious churches of Saint-Ouen and Saint-Maclou, veritable jewels in stonework, make Rouen the center of flamboyant Gothic architecture. Rouen is also famous for its Gros-Horloge Archway, the Renaissance Law-Court, and its wealth of original museums dedicated to Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille, Gustave Flaubert, as well as for its arts, wrought ironwork, ceramics and antiquities. A commanding ring of forests and hills overlook Rouen and offer grandiose panoramas of the city and the Seine river.
If you can plan to stay a few extra days in Normandy, the province provides a range of activities to relax and enjoy yourself. The Seine river has carved a majestic route to the sea between cliffs and wooded slopes, in a framework of green countryside and forests. A number of castles and abbeys are scattered in the green triangle formed between the Seine and the sea.
All along the Alabaster Coast, quiet peaceful resorts are tucked away in little valleys set in grandiose cliffs that culminate in the three archways and needle at Etretat. The Mont-Saint-Michel and the famous tapestry of Bayeux embroidered in the 11th Century for Queen Mathilde are also part of the Normandy heritage.
Without doubt, the 7th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology will also provide an excellent opportunity to appreciate the prestigious Norman gastronomy: fruits de mer, caneton à la Rouennaise, Norman cheeses, tarte aux pommes, bottled cider... and of course the famous Calvados!