Discovering Baueux

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Camping Des Bords De L'Aure

Flag of France  , Normandy,
Friday, July 6, 2012

Nice and easy start to our day today. Walked to the bakery to buy the daily baguette, not that we have it for breakfast very often but by now we feel deprived if we do not have one near us.
Only 102 km to drive this morning, drove through some nice scenery and came across some nice villages as well. At one stage the road was so narrow ,we were keeping our fingers crossed, that no vehicle would come the other way. Just about impossible to pass each other. We arrived at the caravan park we selected the night before, but it was just too far out from the town so settled on what Basil offered us. good choice Basil. We are parked  a 10 minute walk from the town and it is a nice park as well. Very happy to stay here for 2 or 3 nights.  After having a cuppa and some lunch we walked to Bayeux. Bayeux is world famous for  a 68 metre long piece of painstakingly embroidered cloth: the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, which relates the Norman invasion of England in 1066. It is a band of linen material 70m by o.50 m  embroidered with coloured wool, set out in 58 scenes depicting the reasons and circumstances surrounding the overseas expedition of William the Conquerer.
Also this region is known for its D Day landing beaches.
Our walk this afternoon took us to the Cathedral Bayeux, a grand structure and wonderful to visit. Yes another Cathedral but this one is a little different than most. It's architecture is very grand and almost looks too much. For us to get to the Cathedral we had to walk through most of the main part of town. What a delight to see, so many historic buildings and very much intact. It seems that the town was practically unscathed during WWII and today is crammed with 13th to 18th century buildings. Of course this gives the town a lot of character.
While we were walking around we noticed the sky getting very dark and heard a few rumblings as well. Just as well we went into the Cathedral because it came down in bucket loads and lots of lightning and thunder. We hid nicely in the church during this time. A safer place could not be found, we figured.
Once the rain stopped we did not feel very much like looking at anything more so walked home again. Tomorrow we will go and look at the tapestry and probably visit the D.Day beaches the day after. It is still a bit showery outside and this will probably be our weather from now on.Never mind, a little rain will not deter us.
A good day today with lots to look forward to tomorrow.
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