France Day 2: Bayeux

Continuing with the recap! The drive from Rouen to Bayeux took about an hour, but we arrived fairly early in the afternoon.  The first stop on our list: The Bayeux Tapestry. I hadn’t actually heard of it before this trip, but when I heard that it was a 70-meter-long embroidery that told the story of William the Conquerer, I was totally into it.  We arrived at the museum and headed straight for the tapestry exhibit where we received audio guides that would explain the story of the tapestry section by section.

The front of the museum

The front of the museum

We walked into a dark hallway where the tapestry was displayed along the wall, lit up clearly and numbered into sections.  The embroidery was incredible and it was great to hear the story told as I walked by all the sections.  It was like an audiobook with visual aids.

Source. View of the Bayeux Tapestry

Seeing all the embroidery made me want to go home and work on my own needlepoint project.  I actually have one going right now, we’ll see if the inspiration holds by the time we get back to Naples.

After the tapestry we went to visit Bayeux Cathedral, which was conveniently about a 5 minute walk from our new B&B.

An incredible cathedral featured in the Bayeux Tapestry, it was consecrated in 1077

An incredible cathedral featured in the Bayeux Tapestry, it was consecrated in 1077

The architecture was truly stunning and we had a great time walking around inside and outside.  The history of the entire city is just incredible.  Plus after seeing parts of the town featured in the Tapestry, it was neat to go see them ourselves.

A friendly gargoyle :)

A friendly gargoyle 🙂

Once we had satisfied our history bug, Mom and I popped directly across the street from the cathedral to a lace shop to see what they had to offer.  They had laces there from the mid 1800’s! Mom bought a little piece to frame and Quin bought his girlfriend a needlepoint pillow featuring the Little Prince.

After shopping we headed to the B&B, Aggarthi, to check in and take a quick rest.  The family who ran it was very friendly, but we were spoiled by Le Moulin du Bechet and Aggarthi didn’t quite measure up. No real complaints, it just wasn’t awesome.  They gave us a good recommendation for dinner, though, and we headed to Le Petit Normand for a wonderful meal. Almost everyone in the restaurant with us were Americans, or at least English speakers, so it took down the atmosphere one notch, but the food was fantastic.  I started with salmon

Turns out I'm not a huge fan of salmon unless it's grilled

Turns out I’m not a huge fan of salmon unless it’s grilled

Then had duck in cherry sauce for my main meal.  The cherry sauce was out of this world. After I finished the duck I ate the rest of the sauce with a piece of bread. I could not get enough.

The tater tot guy was also delicious!

The tater tot guy was also delicious!

And I topped the whole meal off with some praline crème brûlée. I loved the praline flavor and wished I could have finished it all, but it was very rich and I had to enlist my dad’s help to polish it off.  He didn’t complain 😉

The lady next to us complained her crème brûlée was cold.

The lady next to us complained her crème brûlée was cold.

My question is, have you ever had a hot crème brûlée?? Tell me if I’m missing something ’cause I could’ve sworn it was always served cold!

 

 

 

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