On this trip report Letitia tells us about her first trip to France and outside of the USA. She was part of a big group who came to France to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Their group stayed in Granville as their home-base and went around to visit different places around Normandy.
Places mentioned on the show: Sainte-Mère-Église, Granville, Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
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!