• Joan of Arc Church

Rouen

This 2,000-year-old city mixes Gothic architecture, half-timbered houses, and contemporary bustle like no other place in France. While its industrial suburbs were devastated by World War II bombs, most of the historic core survived, keeping Rouen a pedestrian haven. Although its cobbled old town is a delight to wander, Rouen works best for me as a day trip from Paris, or as a stop between Paris and Honfleur.