Wednesday 20 May 2015
We seemed to have arrived in Normandy at the same time as a rather wet cold weather pattern descended on the region from the North Atlantic. It reminded us of occasional days in Dunedin. So with appropriate layers of clothing we headed off for Bayeux. The car park was only a few minutes drive away and to those with a tight budget this might have seemed extravagant but the weather was being quite unpredictable. Just as we arrived so did a heavy shower of rain and hail.
The cathedral offered us sanctuary from the patchy weather. The interior was quite outstanding. It has been lovingly restored and well worth a visit. The cathedral was built by Odo, the brother of William the Conqueror. It seemed like an English invasion today with many schools also visiting the area.
Like every other tourist in town today we really came to see The Tapestry. Equipped with our handy audio guide we entered the room containing this wonderful work of art. It is not until you see it do you realize how long it really is. It is amazing that it has survived over 1000 years. It saddens
An example of the stained glass windows
us that today groups of people in other parts of the world are destroying architecture and cultural symbols that have stood for thousands of years.
A visit to the nearby Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum and a delicious ice cream in the warm sunshine rounded off the day. We highly recommend this ice cream stall near the tourist office with a delightful young woman serving us and complimenting us on our accent. Working hard at your accent gets you excellent service!
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