Bayeux & Normandy 

It was a cold and rainy morning in Normandy when I went to Bayeux and the Beaches of Normandy. Not atypical to the region. We hopped on a bus and made our way over to Bayeux to first see the tapestry. Fun fact: it’s not actually a tapestry, it’s an embroidery! This ancient tapestry is incredibly long and stretched throughout a dark room on display. 

The tapestry is beautiful and the audioguide helps you to understand what you’re actually looking at beyond the fact that it’s something old and lovely. After the length of the embroidery, we were guided to the museum area to learn more about the history of this ancient object. In afdition to the museum itself, there was a small theatre within to describe, in even greater detail, the story and time period.
Afterwards, we walked around in the drizzle to admire the charming town and its grand cathedral. Note: they have great sandwiches there. It’s a fact, so please try one. 

We then made our way to the beaches of Normandy. Most of our time was spent traipsing along the beaches themselves. At other times, we explored the old bunkers abandoned in the hills.

Finally, we boarded the smelly, damp bus, and made our way to the American Cemetery. There are many elements to take into account when visiting here, but I’ll keep it simple for the moment. If you are going here in search of someone, go to the museum first. I would suggest going to the museum first in general, but especially if you’re looking for a specific person. They have databases to tell you exactly where to find their plot in the cemetery. There are several monuments within the cemetery itself and they are beautiful and worth checking out. Many of them also contain maps to get your history lesson in for the day. 

This area itself is gorgeous and very ready for a picnic, so if you’re planning on making a day of it, a picnic by the sea could be a lovely break!