Sunday, January 13, 2013

Visiting the Bayeux Tapestry & Bayeux, Normandy

We made the small town of Bayeux are headquarters for several nights while in Normandy.

This is a view of our cute hotel! There are two rooms per floor, and Alex & I were on the second floor on the right in this photo (our left window is open). It reminds me of the children's book, Madeline... "In an old house in Paris covered in vines..."

There were actually three separate buildings and behind one of them was this gorgeous garden. We sat out here one evening and had drinks - you had to buy off the menu to come out here. We also had very nice buffet breakfasts while staying here. (I'll have to look up the name.)

The Bayeux Cathedral reaching up to the sky!
Another view of the Bayeux Cathedral. We went inside, but I don't feel my photos do it justice!
File:Normans Bayeux.jpg
from Wikipedia

One of the highlights of Bayeux is the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Unfortunately, though I understand why, you are not allowed to take photos of the tapestry. So, these photos are from Wikipedia. This tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066.
File:Edward der Bekenner.jpg
from Wikipedia
The "tapestry" is a misnomer and is actually embroidered cloth. It measures about 230 feet long and tells the story in cartoon like images. I wrote a lot more about the tapestry here.
As we walked around Bayeux, we enjoyed the sites - like this waterwheel. Inside the building on the left was a shop where we bought a few souvenirs.
And, we loved this cat sitting on the ledge of a second story window - though we were nervous, too!

1 comment:

lahbluebonnet said...

Love the pictures of the builldings and kitty! How neat to have seen the tapestry!

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