Normandy WW2 Trip Report with my guest, Phil Roberson, who shares his great passion for WW2 history, how he has visited many battle landmarks in Normandy, and the appeal they had for him (and possibly you too!) D-Day happened on June 6th, 1944 and there has been extraordinary interest and curiosity about Operation Overlord or the “débarquement” as the French call it. The American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer receives one million visitors per year. Would you like to be one of them?
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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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
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!