Pont-Audemer is a small French town, also located in the middle of the Risle river. The town's close and natural connection to the water, as well as the settlement over the many small drains from the Risle, have earned it the nickname "The Venice of Normandy." The small medieval town has a few little surprises to offer, ask for a city map at the hotel reception, it may help you find your way around.
Start with a visit to the Saint-Ouen church on Rue de la Republique, a beautiful old church from the 15th century with some exceptionally beautiful stained glass windows and incredible colours. Also visit the Musée Canel, which pays tribute to the humanist and republican, the archaeologist and one of the great proponents of the secular school, Alfred Canel. The cosy museum is divided into floors for the permanent exhibitions, the large library and the temporary exhibitions, which are located on the top floor - definitely worth a visit and Monsieur Canel's spirit is still felt all over the place, on every hall and in every room!
There are also small shops in Pont-Audemer offering a little bit of everything. Here you're likely to find something different and quirky to take home. There are also cosy little cafés and restaurants tucked away in the side streets, so feel free to explore and find out for yourself why the town is called the Venice of Normandy.
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