Monday, September 19, 2011

Bayeux, the Tapestry and Cathedral - Day 3 of Cosmos Tour, Part 2

From the D-Day beaches of Normandy, it was just a short drive to the city of Bayeux, famous for its Cathedral and more so for its Tapestry. The coach parking area is a short walk to the Tapestry Museum where the historical Tapestry is exhibited. We passed some old buildings and a canal gate with a water wheel along the way.

The Bayeux Tapestry is housed inside this museum.

This historical tapestry tells the story of the victory of William the Conqueror over King Harold in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 in comic strip style. This is the conquest of England by Normandy. The audio guide gives a scene by scene commentary as you move single-file around the tapestry that brings the picture to life. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside but there are plenty of books and other souvenirs of the tapestry in the museum shop.

Our next stop is the Bayeux Cathedral that is conveniently close by. Just walk down the street and the Cathedral looms into view.

The cathedral is huge and impressive from the back

and also from the front.

The interior of the cathedral.

There are also some colourful stained-glass windows.

It was another short walk back to the coach parking area. Nearby was some idyllic scenery along the canal/river that caught my eye.

We were then on the road again. On the way, we stopped next to a field with plenty of grazing sheep.

And as we panned across the horizon, we glimpsed the hazy outline of Mont St.Michel, our next destination.

Ronald Kwok

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