Beautiful Bayeux

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. 

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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.  lily bayeux normandy france 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Stunning, isn’t it?!

 bayeux cathedral normandy 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. 
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Bayeux is a really beautiful place, not only are the buildings ornate it there are flowers everywhere you look. 

 bayeux  water wheel lower normandy france days put with a toddlerBayeux is such a great place to visit, and I’m so pleased we had sunshine!   We enjoyed an ice cream before we headed back to Courseulles sur Mer. 

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  1. August 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Bayeux is wonderful isn’t it and was so lucky not to have been bombed in WWII – I am very lucky and live just 45 mins away and do love to head up to the town for a mooch around. I’m off to pin some of your fabulous pictures on my Bayeux Pinterest board.

    • August 17, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Thank you!
      It really is astonishing that it wasn’t bombed. It’s such a gorgeous place, you are indeed very lucky!

  2. August 17, 2015 / 10:30 am

    It looks like a picturesque and beautiful place. The Tapestry Museum sounds unusual and interesting, very nice.

  3. August 17, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Wow I remember learning about the bayeax tapestry at school – it must be a real honour to see it in real life. The town looks beautiful too, especially the water wheel! Love that there are lots of loo’s and ample parking too!

  4. August 17, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Sounds like a lovely little town! The tapestry museum sounds really cool – I love learning about stuff like that! Thanks for sharing 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  5. August 18, 2015 / 12:10 am

    We brought our 3 children overseas to Normandy last summer. I’ve read your last few posts and I see that you have done a lot fo similar things to what we did. We stayed in Vire and did daytrips to Juno Beach, Caen, Bayeux, Rouen, Balleroy and others during our 2 week stay. Isn’t is wonderful in Normandy? Beautiful and kid-friendly! Thanks for sharing your pics and bringing back so many memories for me!
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    http://www.queenbcreativeme.blogspot.com

    • August 18, 2015 / 11:01 am

      I’m sad we didn’t have two weeks! We wanted to do more than we were able to do, but it’s nice to not dash around and squeeze too much in. Normandy is a beautiful, very child friendly place. Hopefully we’ll be back soon!

  6. August 18, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    It’s such a long time since I was in Bayeux – I’m sure I was about 8! No audio guides then, certainly, but the tapestry is fascinating so it would be great to go back and see what I missed. Lovely countryside too. Thanks for linking up to #mondayescapes

  7. August 19, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Thank you! I enjoyed joining you on your trip 🙂

  8. Gina Caro
    August 21, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    We went to Bayeux a few years ago. It’s really lovely there. You got some great photos #TravelTales

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