Harold gets one in the eye…

Bayeux is a beautiful city which is well worth a visit. I found that it was very easy to drive straight into the centre, and parking was a breeze, unlike the joy of navigating around Rouen. The city itself was very peaceful, and not at all crowded, with a somewhat serene feel, which I know sounds ridiculous… Obviously no visit would be complete without viewing the embroidery, which was well presented with an excellent audio commentary. The imposing cathedral is also stunning and worth the time to explore.

Bayeux Cathedral
Bayeux Cathedral from a side street © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bayeux Cathedral
Bayeux cathedral is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral apparently… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bayeux tapestry
The end of Harold II… Taken with the pocket IXUS 125 HS © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

At the tapestry museum we purchased a combined museum pass, and so the next stop was the extremely interesting (and sad) 1944 Battle of Normandy memorial. I would imagine that there are more Sherman tanks in Normandy than anywhere else in the world! Personally I find the history of the D-Day campaign to be both fascinating and chilling, and it was part of the reason that I wanted to visit Normandy in the first place…

Sherman tank outside the 1944 Battle for Normandy museum
The ubiquitous (at least in Normandy) Sherman tank outside the 1944 Battle for Normandy museum © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

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