Former owner Vanessa populated her white-walled, 16th-century house – a sort of extended cottage – and subtropical gardens with whichever madcap curios took her fancy, and her successors have continued this approach.Hence the giant red teapot and the feet sticking out of a birdbox; the portraits of suited dogs and the trompe l'œil-style human figurines.
When certain plans are purchased within 15 days of your initial trip deposit, they include the popular pre-existing condition waiver, flight guard AD&D, and financial default for common carriers.
Visit the thyme-covered mound in the square where Joan of Arc burned at the stake (place du Vieux-Marche) in 1431 while the English had control of Rouen from 1431 - 1449. City Tours: A good way to get a feel for Rouen is to take one of its walking city tours (you can sign up at the city's tourist office -- see Hanging Around). Its Tour de Beurre houses 56 bells and the iron and bronze Tour Lanterne (Lantern Tower) raises majestically almost 500 feet/150m above. (00 1 (213) 210 2427) Count on approximately (58 euros) for a one-day economy-car rental. There's plenty to see and do if you want to spend the day in the area and everything you need is close at hand.
Over the centuries, great devastation came to Rouen -- including 45 major fires in the first half of the 13th century. Inside, you'll find lots of guide books and you can sign up for a two-hour guided city tour every day at p.m. Another option for a tour past charming half-timbered houses and Gothic churches is Petit Train. It's a 45-minute guided tour in French and English through all the tourist areas of the city. (esplanade Marcel Duchamp; 02 35 71 28 40) At the Musee de la Ceramique, the speciality is a collection of 17th- and 18th-century red-hued earthenware (faience) and the chinoiserie collection that dates back to 1699. Check out the Booksellers' Stairway to see the stained glass window dating back to the 16th century. Major brands such as Hertz and Avis are in Rouen, but can cost twice as much as Argus. The terminal offers telephones, a small coffee shop and currency exchange.
Nearby sights include cutesy harbour town Fowey and the Eden Project.
Access is easy off the A387, while four-mile drives to Looe and its oh-so-scenic branch line cost £10 by taxi.