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    MUSEE BARON GERARD

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    The former Bishop's Palace (XVth - XVIIIth century), MUSEE BARON GERARD was named after a leading amateur art collector, Baron Henri-Alexandre Gerard. The collections concentrate on 3 main areas. A porcelain factory existed in Bayeux between 1812 and 1951 and the museum relates the 150 years of its development.
    The nineteenth century was a time when Bayeux was one of Europe's leading lacework centres and the museum showcases the extraordinary quality of this entirely handmade needlepoint and bobbin lacework.
    There is also a prestigious collection of objets d'art and antique furniture.

    I do not have a photo of the museum.
    The accompanying photo is of the Dyer's Mill Wheel in the center of Bayeux.

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    Timbered Houses

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 5, 2007

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    Bayeux has got some nice example of Timbered Houses. This architecture was very common in the Middle Ages and it was made with a mixture of wood and stone.
    These houses are built on a stone ground floor, used for commerce. This layout was designed to insulate the timber frame from the damp rising from the ground. To protect the fragile construction front the running rainwater the upper floors overhang the ground floor. In the mid of the 17th century, for safety resons, notably following frequent fires, new timber frames constructions were prohibited in Bayeux.

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    Rue des Teinturiers

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 5, 2007

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    One of the oldest craft in the city lies just behind the Tourist Office is the Rue des Teinturiers: here the layout of the Aure river banks bear witness to the presence of former tannaries and dye works.
    The Bayeux tanneries florished untill the 15th century and then went into decline to be replaced by another fast growing industry: dyeing.
    For two months, in 1822, the writer Balzav stayed with his sister in this district, at n°23 in the Rue des Teinturiers, formerly owned by an ancestor of the famous painter Toulouse-Lautrec.

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    Musée Baron Gerard

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 4, 2007

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    The beautiful museum Baron Gerard is specialized in the local porcelain, in the laces and it has got Italian, Flemish and impressionists paintings of the epoch among the fifteenth one and the nineteenth century. Free entry showing the ticket of the Musée de la Tapisserie.

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    Eternal Rest

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is located on the coast about 18 km northwest Bayeux, overloking Omaha Beach.

    9,387 Americans who died in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 are burried here.

    Visiting this place was one of the most chilling and moving experiences I've ever had. Here, it is clear that for many, D-Day meant death day.

    For more details, see my Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer page.

    White Crosses Above Omaha Beach, Normandy

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    The hospital mill

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 5, 2007

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    The town of Bayeux is built on the banks of the river Aure. It was very important for the growing of the town. It was importan for fishing and the the water was used for the craft industries like dyers, tanners and laundries. The water was used as an energy source as hydraulic power for the varius mills: flour mills, tannin mills or even colza oil mills.
    Stone bridges have been built at the main crossing point and the Aure was transformed into a canal as early as the 12th century.

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    Adam and Eve's House

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    The Adam and Eve's House was built in the 14th century next to the cathedral. On the second floor from left to right you can see the Angel Gabriel, Adam, the serpent, Eve, Stoning to death of Saint Etienne.
    On the first floor from left to right you can see a Siren, an Unicorn, a Shepherd, Venus rising from the waves and Mythical animal.

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    Women's craft

    by jakiline Written Jun 3, 2006

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    This old medieval house is a museum, and it has a beautiful name:
    MAISON D'ADAM et EVE

    You can get in and watch the lace makers, or even take a course... The visit is free. The museum is closed on Sundays.

    Bayeux Bobbin Lace craft should be as famous as in Brugges, Belgium.

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    A Very Good Place To Start

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    The Visitors' Center (Office du Tourisme) offers free brochures and maps to guide your exploration of Bayeux. Be sure to walk behind the tourist office for a beautiful view of the river and a waterwheel.

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    Shopping is more fun in a street market

    by Beausoleil Written Feb 10, 2010

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    We were renting an apartment south of Caen and our landlady told us not to miss the market in Bayeux on Saturday morning. It was her favorite. So Saturday morning we dutifully breakfasted and drove to Bayeux. It was not hard to find the market. We simply went the opposite direction of all the people carrying away bags of various things.

    The market was wonderful. They had fresh produce, wonderful cheeses, flowers, clothes, table linens, furniture and people all over the place. Our apartment came with a gardener who delivered fresh produce so we limited ourselves to cheeses at the market. We hadn't intended to buy anything but as we walked by one cheese monger, she cheerfully asked if we knew what a certain cheese tasted like. We answered, no, so she insisted we must try it for the experience. Well . . . it was so good we bought some of that and then slices of several others. Normandy is a great place to explore cheese!

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    Gargoyles

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    So what are gargoyles all about?
    a) Draining water.
    b) Striking fear into the hearts of the beholders.
    c) Chasing away evil spirits.
    d) All of the above.

    This frightful face can be found staring at you as you enter the front of the cathedral in Bayeux.

    Click to enlarge and better strike fear.
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    Plages du débarquement

    by Mikebond Updated May 9, 2006

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    Although the tapisserie de Bayeux and the cathedral could be enough to make Bayeux worth visiting, they are not the main reason why many tourists stay in this town. Most of them go there to see the landing beaches, that is the beautiful sand beaches from where the liberation of Europe started on 6th June 1944. That day is now famous as D-Day and has been the subject of many films, such as The longest Day and Saving Private Ryan.
    After the landing operations, the beaches have kept their coded names and today everyone know them as, from East to West, Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.
    Many museums, cemeteries, memorials are scattered in various villages along the sea, such as Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, Sainte-Mère-Eglise.

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    Musée Memorial de Normandie

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Musée Memorial de Normandie focuses on the Normandy invasion, which began on D-Day,June 6th, 1944 and lasted to August 22, of the same year. We all know what this invasion meant to the war and its eventual end. The museum has several different tanks located outside. Among these are a M10 and a flamethrowing tank. You might feel as though you are in a bunker when visiting here, because they designed it exactly that way. There is a British Cemetary located across from the museum.

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    respect the other world and it won't hurt you!

    by morgane1692 Written May 25, 2003

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    After you crane your neck and oooh and awww at the wonders aboveground, make sure you step below the main level of Bayeux Cathedral and enjoy the cool crypts. If you're lucky, you'll experience the weird, flickering lights that we did. No, no one was flipping any switches. No, we're sure it couldn't have been faulty wiring. Must've been ghosts. The scary, malevolent kind, of course. We're lucky we got out alive!!

    before the terror and fun began!

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    Treat Yourself To A Great Guide

    by RoscoeGregg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I have read every book I could about the Normandy invasion. I am better than average with a map. So I felt well prepared to find my own way as I toured Normandy. After just a few hours it became clear that I was going to miss many of the things that I wanted to see because Normandy I huge and the places that I really wanted to see were small and very specific. Add the kicker that many sites are privately held and restricted to guided tours. So I luckily found a great guide in Dale Booth.

    He was smart, very well prepared, approachable, super knowledgeable and energetic. He draws on a life time of study, personal contact with many veterans of Normandy and years of guiding experience. I used him for two days and was very satisfied. He took me to many sites that I would simply been unable to find. He quickly and expertly put things into context and filled in details with accurate information. He was very approachable and welcomed any and all questions.

    I am a bit of a cheepo and it was hard to part with the guide fee. In retrospect I have no regrets. I know that I had a much more meaning full time in Normandy because of using this guide.

    Dale gives another spirited talk Importance of the fight for this spot explained Dale's sand drawing of the Sword Beach Defences Dale setting the secene the assult on a battery A path that many never returned on
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