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Monday, October 23, 2017

British Military Cemetery

Just a block northwest of the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum, you'll find the British Military Cemetery.


The inscription on the Memorial reads "In 1944, the British came to free the homeland of William the Conqueror"--ironic in that William the Conqueror invaded Britain in 1066. 


Cross the busy street to reach the gravesites.


There are 4144 simple gravestones in the cemetery. Soldiers from all countries (including Germany) are buried here. Only US soldiers are not found here--the US requires its soldiers to be buried on US property.




Remembrance poppy, originally inspired by the WWI poem "In Flanders Fields." It symbolizes the sacrifices made by the soldiers.




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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum



On the outskirts of town, a 15-minute walk from the Cathedral, you'll find the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. Admission is €7 or you can purchase a combo ticket, including either the Bayeux Tapestry Museum or the Museum of Art & History (MAHB).


Tanks outside the museum


Inside, you'll find timelines and maps of the Battle of Normandy. I found the exhibits boring but my history-buff husband found it fascinating. 


Heavy equipment used in WWII



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Saturday, October 21, 2017

L'Insolite

Lunch was at a creperie, L'Insolite.


L'Insolite is located at 16 Rue des Cuisiniers.


There is an outdoor patio, which is quite pleasant, unless there is a smoker. Smoking is no longer permitted inside French restaurants but you can still smoke on the patios.


Of course, we had cidre--25 cc pitcher of apple for €2.90 and 25 cc pitcher of pear for €3.10.


Complete Livarot--€8. It had egg, ham, cheese, onions and mushrooms.


Laicrue--€7.80. This was filled with egg, ham, hot camembert, green salad & tomato.


The inside of the Laicrue.


Normande--€7.20. Calvados, cooked apple, apple compote. Added Caramel Beurre (butter caramel sauce) for €3.20. Not sure we needed the caramel sauce; it was too sweet.



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Friday, October 20, 2017

Sites Around Bayeux



Conservatoire de Dentelle (lace conservatory) is located across the street from the Cathedral courtyard. You can step inside to see lace makers at work. Lace making was an important industry in Bayeux in the 1600s.


Outside, look for the Adam & Eve carving on one of the wooden posts. This is why the building is nicknamed "The Adam & Eve House."


If you don't want to walk, you can take the tourist train. It leaves from the TI for a 35-minute tour through town--€6.


Join the locals in the early evening and walk the 2.5 km path along the Aure River. 


Start at the waterwheel behind the TI.




You'll find houses backing up to the river's edge.


Wash houses along the river.



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bayeux Cathedral

You can't miss the Bayeux Cathedral-it can be seen from most anywhere in town.


The Cathedral is as big as the Notre Dame in Paris.


Interior of the cathedral



Ring of devil heads lining the 3rd arch on the right


Adam & Eve  




Crypt, beneath the altar, originally stored the cathedral's relics.


The top of the columns in the crypt are covered with orange angel musicians.


After leaving the cathedral, step into the courtyard with a big tree and look up. You'll find a little rectangular house--the watchman's home. 



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Market Day

Wednesday is Market Day on Rue St. Jean. There is a Saturday market on Place St. Patrice that is supposed to be better.


The street is lined with stalls. Quite a few of them were household items.


There were some food stalls as well. This one displayed a boar's head, indicating sausages for sale.


There were many cheese options. Ask for a taste before purchasing and ask for a small portion (I ask for cent grammes or roughly 1/4 lb).


There were rays for sale--we would see it again for dinner.


And, of course, there were fruit stalls.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux is known for the tapestry that tells the story of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings.


The Bayeux Tapestry is stored in the Tapestry Museum, one of 3 Bayeux Museums included in a combo ticket. The other two museums are the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the MAHB (Art & History Museum). You can purchase individual tickets, combo tickets for 2 of the 3 museums or combo tickets for all 3 museums. You save a few euros when purchased in combo. The Tapestry Museum is €9.50. The other 2 museums are €7.50. Combo 2-museum ticket is €12 (you have to designate which museums you want to see) and combo 3-museum ticket is €15.


The tapestry is 230 feet long and has 50 scenes. The embroidered tapestry was likely commissioned in 1070 and it's impressive that it has survived intact. It was originally displayed in the Bayeux Cathedral but is now kept in a temperature & light-controlled room. There is an audio guide that comes with the price of admission. The audio guide cannot be paused. The commentary starts when you enter the room. Listen to the audio and follow the scenes. Try not to enter the room behind a tour group.


The embroidery is rudimentary and the description is in Latin.

After seeing the tapestry, follow the arrows in the museum to the film that explains the tapestry. I think it would have been better to see the film before seeing the tapestry but that's not the way the museum is set up.



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