Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Taste of Normandy! June 23, 2015

Today was the day that many of the passengers on board had been looking forward to.  Actually, it may have been the reason they had chosen this itinerary!  It was the day that they had the opportunity to visit the Landing Beaches of Normandy.  This entire region has so much history from the German occupation.  History that I thought I may have learned in school, but until you walk in those streets, and hear the stories about towns that were nearly totally destroyed, you realize that what I thought I knew didn't even scratch the surface of the war I touched upon.  There were full day excursions to the American Landing beaches and also the UK-Canadian Landing beaches.  

However, there was also a different type of tour available today as well.  This was the tour that Carol and I, along with about 20 of the other passengers decided to take.  This tour was called the Taste of Normandy.  Today we would be dedicating our day to the culture, history and traditions of the Normandy region!

Our first stop was a visit to Bayeux.  

Here we visited the museum in town and saw the famous Tapestry of Queen Mathilda.

There were no photos allowed of the Tapestry, but this was just simply amazing!  The entire tapestry is 230 feet long and it shows the story of the Norman invasion and conquer of England culminating in the Battle of Hastings.  A sample of the Tapestry looks like this picture

As we walked past each panel of the Tapestry, we had a handset, speaker that told the story as we walked along.  

After we viewed the Tapestry, we had about a half an hour to walk around Bayeux itself. It was a small little town, with of course, a big church!

And of course a few souvenir shops!  I did find a nice tea shop here and bought some tea to bring home.

Before long, it was time to meet back up with our group to head to our next stop on our Taste of Normandy tour!

We drove through the countryside, and it looked very much like home a this point!

Except for these lovely Thatched-roof cottages!

Our next stop would be lunch.....we definitely were looking forward to some Normandy traditions!

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