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Rouen Bicycle Tour with Fred Ollivier

Rouen by Bicycle

My favorite excursions in new areas are often by bike; transportation that is fast enough to cover ground, and slow enough to take it all in.

Fred Ollivier, our guide for the adventure, conveniently picked us up right where our ship was docked and took us on an exhilaration morning bike ride all over a fogged-in, sleepy, and quite mysterious Rouen. We began at one of my favorite landmarks, the eerie Aitre Saint Maclou cemetery Aitre Saint Maclou cemetery, then pedaled through some of the oldest parts of town; streets lined with ancient half timbered buildings. We stopped in parks, at churches, interesting buildings, and finally the Sunday farmers market. Fred, extremely well spoken, knowledgeable and passionate, told us about Rouen's history, its architecture, culture and of course its people. It was so much fun!

A small group of us 'ditched' Fred at the farmer's market; in our defense though only after we learned that the next and very last stop would have dropped us back at where we had started. An
oyster stand at the market had called out to us a little too forcefully...

Fred, being French, of course understood our predicament, getting sidetracked by a bunch of bivalves, so we hugged 'good-bye'.

Our bike tour was part of our river cruise. If you're on your own, you'll have to call or email Fred for information and of course to hire him (+33632100932, fredollivier@sfr.fr). You won't regret it.

>>>Warm thanks to my lovely friends at AmaWaterways for an unforgettable river cruise on the Seine from Paris to Normandy. AmaWaterways offers bicycle excursion in many of their ports, in fact they were the first to bring along a fleet of bicycles for their guests to use.