Anglo-French Travel 2017 travel blog

Nine o'clock start to walk to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum was well timed as there was no queue and we were quickly into the display area with audio guides and although there were numbered places above the tapestry the guide ran straight through so that you were told the story and kept moving! And what a magnificent piece of work - 66 metres with the story of William and his battle with Harold detailing the intrigue, the journeys, the battle and finally the coronation of William the Conqueror so 1066 and all that. Perhaps Daniel has read the horrible history!

Excellent museum to be explored and I'm becoming more and more in awe of the Vikings and their achievements.

Our guide Corinne then lead us on a walk around the old section of the town talking about various buildings and the structure of the society at various times. Our walk ended at The Cathedral which is another built in stages with the nave in Romanesque style and the later choir section in early Gothic. An interesting crypt in which the various bishops had been buried and a strong connection with Thomas A'Beckett. Also saw a side altar to Therese of Liseux, the Little Flower where here parents are featured apparently both canonised as saints, the only couple to have this distinction.

A lunch break and we joined our bus to travel,to the British Cemetery which is under the control of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and has recently been renovated with all headstones replaced. The appearance of this cemetery is different in that the headstones are set in flower beds with varieties of cottage type plants in flower. Beautifully kept but heartbreaking to see the young lives of the British, Canadians, Australians, Poles, and Russians who were lost in this exercise which started on June 6 1944.

Our last activity for the day was a trip out to an apple orchard where we found the bee man shifting the hives which had been there for the flowering. We learned of the process of cider making on this large farm which is highly mechanised. The apples are collected once they have fallen from the tree by a huge machine and after that the process is rather similar to wine making. Of course we finished with tastings moving through the products - apple juice to cider, (sweet, dry or very dry), the aperatif ,Pomeau which is distinctive to this region and then Calvados.

It has been a very warm day with temperature around 31. Out to dinner with six others and now will finish without checking for typos as I need to get organised for an early start tomorrow as we head for Mont St Michel and have to fit in with the tide before a one night stay in Rennes.

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