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A Day in Bayeux - the tapestry, the cathedral and the town

September 16, 2021 - Thursday


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Ah, a day in Bayeux. We slept until 7:00, got ready and went upstairs for breakfast. It’s a buffet and well stocked but you can only eat so much for breakfast. Great view of the Cathedral from the window!

Went downstairs and called LeFrench Mobile to get Ed’s phone unlocked. After fighting with their voice mail, I finally got a person who helped me immediately unlock it so he is back in business. I tried to get Google Maps to work and can’t without wifi. Never had the problem before and not sure what to do. We’ll use the car navigation again and work on it later. We don't need the car today anyway. It's a walking day . . .

Headed out to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and discovered it is only a few blocks away. We got a duo ticket for the Tapestry Museum and the Beaux Arts Museum. We got audio guides for viewing the tapestry and they served the double purpose of telling us about what we were seeing and keeping everyone moving at the same speed . . . except for two guys who were racing through sans audio and pushing in front of people There are always a few . . . [The Bayeux Tapestry Museum or La Tapisserie de Bayeux, 13 bis rue de Nesmond, Bayeux; tel: + 33 (0)2 3151-2550; Click here for the Tapestry Museum web site]

We finished the museum including a short, but fun film about William the Conqueror and then left for lunch. We walked up to Au P'tit Bistrot recommended by Carol Lynn, showed them our Health Passes (Passes Sanitaires) and were seated. We both got the pork in Camembert sauce, their specialty, and we enjoyed it. The veggies left a bit to be desired, but it was fine. [Au P'tit Bistrot, 31 ter rue Larcher. 14400 Bayeux; tel: +33 2 3192 3008; no web site]

We walked up to the Cathedral and went through it. They are working on both inside and out but it is truly spectacular. Left the Cathedral and walked down to the Museum of Art and History of Bayeux and entered with our duo tickets. Walked into the first room where we could hear a very loud woman we assumed was a guide yelling information about the collection. When we entered the next room, we discovered it was a very loud young teacher with her class of middle-school-aged kids. Kids were fine; teacher was incredibly distracting. We finally gave up on the room full of kids milling around and noise from their teacher and wound through them to the next room. Managed to stay ahead of them the rest of the way. The museum was interesting but not outstanding. [Museum of Art and History Baron Gérard, 37 Rue du Bienvenu, 14400 Bayeux; tel: +33 2 3192-1421; Click here for the Museum of Art and History web site]

We walked out and saw the Little Tourist Train so decided to try it. It drove right past the stop and we and a few others waiting were somewhat dumbfounded. A few went in search and the rest of us wandered off. We walked down to the Tourist Office and then looked for Place aux Pomme and couldn’t find it.

Walked back to the Tourist Office and followed a path along the river to get photos of a water wheel with flowers and a waterfall. Job done, Ed got me a gelato and we walked back to some benches at the Hotel de Ville to eat it.

Came home to discover the WASH Board had been emailing back and forth all day about Zoom meetings and needed equipment. I deleted about 30 emails and was glad we were in France. Ed got out his paper health pass and I scanned it onto his now-working phone. Tried to get data to work on my phone and had no luck.

We went out to the car to set up the GPS for our trip to Mont-Saint-Michel tomorrow. The MSM hotel sent me the parking code so we’re all set. Our host in Brittany emailed and welcomed us and asked how well we spoke French, so I emailed back. I’m looking forward to moving in for a week in one place. We walked a lot so should sleep well again tonight!

Bayeux Tapestry Museum - Statue of William the Conqueror

Bayeux Tapestry Museum - Statue of William the Conqueror


Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Bayeux Tapestry Museum


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Bayeux

Bayeux


Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History


Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History


Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History - Lace and lace making

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History - Lace and lace making

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History - Paintings

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History - Paintings


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - stained glass


Bayeux

Bayeux


Bayeux - water wheel

Bayeux - water wheel


Bayeux - water wheel with flowers

Bayeux - water wheel with flowers

Posted by Beausoleil 22:00 Archived in France Tagged churches france cathedral tapestry bayeux

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Bayeux looks really pretty. I saw the tapestry here when I was at university many many moons ago.

by irenevt

Thanks for posting, brings back memories.

by alectrevor

Thanks for visiting. We've been to Bayeux a few times but never for more than a few hours. We decided to spend a couple nights on this trip to get over jet lag and do some sightseeing. Unfortunately we had to miss the Saturday market which is great fun, but other than that, it worked out well.

by Beausoleil

Bayeux looks like a pretty town and I would love to see the tapestry one day!

by ToonSarah

We've been past the tapestry twice now. It's displayed behind glass on a very long wall. It's fortunately at our eye level but would be difficult for a child to see much. It's an embroidery and very beautiful even if you don't know the history. They give you an audio guide that explains much of it and that helps a lot. It also keeps people moving along at a reasonable pace. Sometimes the audio guides slow people down and they are constantly in your way. They've timed this one very well and they're free so nearly everyone uses them. It's really worth the trip and the town is really nice, two water wheels and a wonderful Saturday market if you can manage to get there on a Saturday.

by Beausoleil

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