We are about thirty minutes drive away from Bayeux, and since there’s something there we’d all heard of (1066 and all that) we set off to have a look.
We passed gorgeous scenery on the way there. The sun was shining and though we had a few drops of rain, it was nothing to worry about as the day got brighter and clearer the closer to Bayeux we got. All the farmland was so pretty, and we passed a very tall chateau, but I couldn’t get a photo.
This town is either very often extremely popular or they are just very prepared, because there were loads of car parks! The area around the car park was planted with all these gorgeous lillies, among many other pretty flowers.
Another thing this town has lots of is public toilets, and while some of our party made a quick pit stop, we checked out the water wheel with a very interesting whirl pool nearby.
A little walk across the road brought us to the Tapestry Museum. There are three museums in Bayeux, and you can buy entry for all three as a package – 9€ for just the tapestry museum or 15€ for all three. We decided we’d prefer to see more of the town after the tapestry, so just paid for the one museum. After the ticket office we had to queue for quite a time to pick up an audio guide handset. Under 12s are admitted free, but everyone (except Noah!) was able to have an audio guide.
The tapestry is interesting but I think you’d not take even a third of it in – unless you were super keen – without the audio guide. It tells the story of the tapestry absolutely brilliantly. The tapestry is displayed in a u-shape with numbers above the panels. You are told what each panel shows in a simple, amusing, and captivating way. Even James listened well until around panel 30, when he decided he’d had enough and wandered about.
We did go quickly upstairs to have a look at the rest of the exhibit, and there’s a Norman boat up there, as well as further information about life here long ago. Then we left (of course, through the gift shop) and headed outside to eat our packed lunch next to the cathedral.
After lunch and a run around on the grass, we popped inside. There are such beautiful stained-glass windows inside that I must’ve been too busy enjoying them to take a photo! Instead, here’s a snap of the candles in the peace chapel, which was certainly at the front of my mind after our visit to the Juno Beach Centre earlier this week.
Bayeux is a really beautiful place, not only are the buildings ornate it there are flowers everywhere you look.