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lots more to see than just the tapastry
You'll find a few D-Day memorials inside Bayeux cathedral. To the right of the nave is a commemorative stain glass window. The window shows the Corps and Divisional emblems of the Allied Forces. You can light a candle in their memory, for a small fee. Also you will find a plaque to Major Peter Dewey, who was killed in Saigon in 1945. His family...more
The famous Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of an event that changed the course of history back in the 11th Century. It is housed in the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and is well worth a visit. The tapestry is in fact "an embroidery made from wool on linen canvas" and is 70metres long and 50cm high. It tells the story of how and why the Norman,...more
There are a number of old houses in Bayeux. In a separate tip we depict the House of Adam and Eve (which houses a lace museum). You go by the Cathedral and then on to the Deanery (once the Bishop's Palace) where the "Bayeux Tapestry" is housed. (It was pouring the last time we visited so the picture of the gate is out of kilter). Luckily, this is a...more
The famous Bayeux tapestry is still there. The almost 1.000 year old tapestry that is absolutely unique in it's kind, can be admired at the Centre Guillaume le Conquérant (centre William the Conqueror) inside the ancient library of Bayeux. Here a museum explains everything about the medieval time in which the tapestry was made, as well as about the...more
As Bayeux was the first town liberated and protected a special museum was established to describe the Battle of Normandy between June 7th and August 29th.This is an excellent museum, with a good 25 minute film telling the story, not only of the D-Day landings, but the whole of the battle of Normandy.A charge is made, discounted with a Normandie...more
I would recommend this 3 star hotel to anyone staying in Bayeux. It is an old townhouse which has...more
Well I found this hotel on the net and then VTer Jakeline from Bayeux gave a recommendation so we...more
I recommended this hotel to friends of mine and they were fully satisfied. so why not try it? the...more
It was a cold blustery day in Bayeux and we were hungry. We walked from the market back toward our car and didn't find anything promising. As we walked down rue des Cuisiniers, we remembered and quickly found Le Pommier with the cheerful apples on the facade. It looked warm and inviting so we entered.It was very crowded (and delightfully warm) but...more
Just behind and a little north of the cathedral is this charming little bar, brasserie, creperie which are associated with the Hotel Reine Mathilde. Of course it is named for a local historic figure, Queen Mathile, wife of William the Conqueror, so to keep the local theme, I had a tartine with local camembert and a legendary Norman tarte tatin. My...more
Only a few steps away from the main entrance to the Cathedral this tiny bistro packs a real punch.. We first came here in 2007 and so enjoyed our meal we returned (1 Oct 2009)We found a few changes. To begin with a change of name – Le Petit Bistro is now Le P'tit Resto. Gone is the deep red facade – grey is now the colour to look out for..Inside,...more
It is a PUB. They are very keen on COCKTAILS and music (rock, piano, concerts...) It opens at 8 pmThe topic is CINEMA (posters on the walls) and you may enjoy the billiard tables and darts, and the giant TV screen... on special nightsYou might be disturbed by the bell ringing at entrance Most people there are studentsmore
I recommend this spot to those who love dancing, and sharing a nice dinner after hard work, or even celebrate birthdays: great fun, nice people.At the "restaurant dansant" called Le Bistro, we sit and dine by the edge of the dancing floor: shy people can enjoy the atmosphere and watch the dancers.... Others eat, drink, dance while the musicians...more
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In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a...more
We were told to rent a car because it was easy to get around here in Bayeux but when we told thelady at the tourist center that we were here just for one day she said we can do a half day tour with one of the local taxis there. It didnt cost too much and all threeof us did thetaxi tour. They picked us up at the tourist center and took us to...more
The historic centre is compact and best enjoyed on foot or by bicycle. There are so many tucked away curiosities to explore - guided by the excellent series of illustrated information boards that provide details not covered in guide books.Bicycles can be collected for hire right in the centre -see picture - on the other side of the bridge from the...more
Whether it is just for cloths or groceries. Or maybe to get some souvenirs of Normandy. Bayeux is a town that has it's function as regional shopping place. The pleasant shopping streets look warm and inviting and the people do their best to give everything a colourful look by planting flowers and keeping the streets tidy.more
Visitors to France will be familiar with the elegant and artistic style of window dressing to be seen not only in large smart cities but often in small towns and villages . The display of flowers and autumn fruits in a main street in old Bayeux caught my eye with its colourful and beautifully arranged wares.more
When people meet, they kiss on the cheeks (this typical French gesture is called se faire la bise). Unlike in other places, the number of bises in Bayeux is quite fix: two kisses seems to be the most frequent option, although three are also possible. I even saw two people exchange five kisses, but that is not typical of the area.more
This huge medieval-smelling market always takes place the first weekend of July: food and drink to taste , local farm products and barbecues, arts and crafts, music and entertainment, fancy dress parade, Sunday mass in the cathedral like in the old days (no chairs, people in medieval costumes)... books, workshops...more
The "Tapestry" is a detailed and complex historical exercise on the Norman Conquest of Britain in 1066. It has 58 almost sequential scenes. Photography is not allowed. If you could do that, you would not enjoy your visit and it would require a special lens. There are amplifying figures running along above and below the narrative (which is in a sort of Latin). An audio guide is highly recommended and a slow pace. Maybe the introductory exhibits will help too (but I am not sure if better before or after). Children below 10 will not be prepared (and maybe not by that age). Few people are familiar with the obviously "biased" contents. It is full of interesting details and may require more than one visit if you like this sort of thing. If you do, there is a video-tape and colored transparencies. We own a slip-cased coffee-table book of it (54% scale, Alfred Knopf, 1985) that is even better.
If you come to Bayeux in the touristic season by car, you may have little problems: streets are narrow, and car parks have to be found... So here is one which is usually empty, and it is FREE!
Ask for the gym called "Salle Pierre de Coubertin", opposite 10 avenue avenue Georges Clémenceau: there you are! and it is 3 mn's walk to town centre... Good Luck!
We took some time in the Bayeux CWGC cemetery to seek out this particular gravestone. A brave young man who fought and died so that we might be free of tyranny.You'll find the grave of Corporal Sidney Bates at grave reference XX E19.He was awarded a posthumous VC with the following citation:'War Office, 2nd November, 1944.Sidney Bates VC...more
Many come to Normandy to honor the brave... but if you have the time, seek out the Register at the War Cemeteries you visit. These books are usually held in a little niche "vault". Look through the registers for the longer passages. They detail the heroic deeds of the bravest among those who rest there. Then, with the aid of the attached map seek...more
We experienced an impressive night at this thousand-year old castle in Colombieres, a quiet, lovely little town about 15 miles in the west of Bayaux. Apart from its history from William the Conqueror to WW II, the charming chateau shows the harmony of fortified XII century massive, round towers and elegant XVIII century living rooms. We arrived...more
Stade Henry Jeanne - Home to Bayeux Football Club.
I was passing the ground so I only got an opportunity to take some pictures of the outside.
Seems like a small ground with a capacity of only 4,000. I don't think we'll be seeing them in the Champions League soon ... a shame
Lavomatique - Rue Marechal FochIf you are looking for a Laundromat there is one located right behind the Tourist Bureau (Rue Saint-Jean) in the main street, there is a parking area behind the tourist bureau and its right across the road from what looks like an Italian deli (fantastic smally eats) while your waiting for the washing.more
There is an excellent Tourist office in Bayeux with the most helpful staff and a very well stocked selection of maps and brochuresIt is located on the corner of Rue Foch and Rue St jean/ Pont de Saint Jean in an attractive building - the former Halle des poissons.http://www.bayeux-tourism.com/more
They are not in Bayeux, but are closer to small towns on or near the shore east or west of Bayeux. Only a World War II buff would know their names (or a tourist who is aVT buff). The code names of the different commands which gave rise to beach names are not towns either but are well known to historians and others. If Juno and Sword are grouped...more