Category Archives: Normandie

The Bayeux Tapestry, Episode 38

Bayeux Tapestry, Harold's Death
Harold’s Death

The Bayeux Tapestry

Today on Join Us in France we take you to Bayeux, the prettiest little city in lower Normandy and a place where everyone seems to speak English! Bayeux is a must-see city for history buffs for many reasons, starting with those two: the Bayeux Tapestry and WWII history. This, and more, on today’s show. Enjoy!

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Episode Highlights

  • A brief history
  • What is the city famous for today
  • Local food specialties
  • Vikings in Normandy
  • What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?
  • Harold betrays William
  • William the Conqueror and the armada
  • Harold gets killed by an arrow that went through his eye
  • The beginning of French influence on England
  • Work of art and documentation of history
  • 70 meters long, it is an embroidered scroll more than a tapestry
  • Superb colors and intricate details
  • Tells a story much like a comic strip would today
  • Incredible craftsmanship
  • During WWII
  • The Cathedral and surroundings today
  • Medieval Festival the first week-end of July
  • Other things you can visit nearby having to do with WWII
  • Calvados, the drink and the department

Conclusion: Bayeux is a great central location from which to visit Normandy, the Bayeux Tapestry is a must-see, the city center is gorgeous, and the people are friendly. If you’re looking to get out of Paris, this may be the place for you!

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 18S.

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D-Day History, Normandy Invasion Special, Episode 18S


D-Day History, Normandy Invasion

D-Day History and Normandy Invasion Special

In this special episode on  D-Day History and the Normandy Invasion, Annie and Elyse remember the events of D-Day seventy years ago and the bravery of people involved. Elyse puts the whole tragic day into context: events leading up to it and a few critical details of what happened on that day. Then we share our experiences visiting the beaches in Normandy, the museums, the cemeteries. This is definitely a sobering and emotional topic, but seventy years later we should ask again: Are French grateful today? What are you likely to experience when you visit? Did this day truly change the course of time?

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Episode Highlights

  • Introduction: 70th Anniversary celebrations in France
  • Setting the stage for the invasion: major players
  • The decoy operation
  • Preparations for D-Day
  • The invasion
    • Weather
    • Breakdown of troops by nationality
    • The Battle of Normandy
  • Memorials in Normandy
  • Conclusion: D-Day History plays a big part in French history and French people have not forgotten

If you enjoy this episode, also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 140 that all have to do with Normandy.

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