On the beach are the remains of the temporary harbour, known as Mulberry Harbour. Above the town is the circular cinema showing the D Day story.
We notice bars & cafes that still offer free drinks to vets from the D Day campaign.
Bayeux is best know for the cathedral and the tapestry and both worthy of a couple of hours. Lying on the South West edge of ring road is the War Cemetery, many holding British graves 3900+ but many others. Across the road is the memorial to journalists killed in war zones or through acts of terrorism over 1890 since 1944.
The scale of this place is overwhelming and very moving. Row upon row of graves. There is a visitor centre that tells many stories using old footage and modern in-fills. Over 9000 in total.
There is a statue called Spirit of American Youth Rising from the sea, a garden of the missing, a further 1550+ servicemen & women who have no marked grave.
Below the cemetery is the beach itself.
The facade of this small restaurant is formed by the arches and colonnades of an ancient, covered market hall dating from the 14th century. It is believed that the original building would also have had similar pillars on the opposite side.
We ate inside the restaurant which was quite busy serving the three main courses from the menu du jour, plus steaks and lighter options from the list.
We chose cheese and ham omelettes with fritess, cider and 2 coffees. The omelettes were cooked to perfection, the frites the best ever.
Service was quick but not rushed and the surroundings very pleasant.
The total bill for two came to 19 euros 90 - about 10 euros less than we paid for similar lunchtime meals in Bruges 2 months ago.
Situated on the north coast a real gem to visit. beautiful beach and pleasant little town. At the back of beach under the cliffs are some pretty beach huts.
Lovely harbour with even more historical stories to tell. There is a monument to WWII but there is also a memorial to a much older time- the White Ship, wrecked off the coast in 1120 and important because on of those on board was the son of Henry I.
Nice to walk around, few cafes and interesting shops.
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