Sunday April 28
Trip Start Apr 18, 2013
83Trip End Jul 09, 2013
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After packing the car, we went to the amazing La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux.
The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building, a mix of Romanesque in the 11th century crypt and glorious Gothic in the 13th-century nave. In the 11th century after the Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066, ties with England were strong. The south transept portal has sculpted scenes showing the life of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of King Henry II of England.
The Bayeux Tapestry was kept here from the 11th to the 18th centuries, probably displayed for the first time on the day the cathedral was consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror
We then left Bayeux.
It was hard driving. Susie was tired and became dehydrated. After a while she worked out why she was so uncomfortable and we stopped for a drink and a late breakfast (chicken sandwich). We had only rests stops and arrived pretty easily at our hotel. Apple maps was still working but without directions.
The B&B was nice with a secure park behind iron gates. The room was spacious and very comfortable.
We made a beeline for a castle (Tours is famous for them). The grandest were too far away as it was getting late so we went to Chateau Langeais. Turned out to be the most interesting as it was the oldest and was built by Charles V for Anne of Brittany who we had heard of in St Malo. It was not modernised but was in tack as per the 15th century including furniture.
We happened on another castle on the way back and took one photo.
Back at the B&B we parked the car and took off for a walk over the bridge into Tours. Susie made and intelligent guess which way to go and we found a fabulous old city square with alfresco dining and several IRISH pubs. Susie has a edelweiss beer and I had a Kilkenny! We shared a yiro which they called a kebab and went to a crepes place for dessert. Caught a couple of Turkish delights to eat on the way home over the bridge and then spent the evening uploading photos and doing other blog homework!