Europe 2014 – Bayeux

From Paris, we took a train to Bayeux, a small town famous for a certain tapestry. After the hustle and bustle of two major cities (London and Paris), we were ready for some small-town ambience and relaxation. Bayeux would also serve as a great home base for exploring the nearby D-Day beaches.

We arrived in Bayeux, dropped our bags off at our wonderful bed & breakfast, and set out to explore the town. After a quick stroll, we arrived at the cathedral, the heart of Bayeux.

Bayeux is only 6 miles from the D-Day beaches, but incredibly, the city (and its magnificent cathedral) was spared destruction during WWII because a local chaplain made sure the Allied forces knew that Bayeux was not a German headquarters. The cathedral, dating back to 1077, is as large as Notre Dame in Paris, and absolutely dominates the city. Historians believe the Bayeux Tapestry originally hung in the nave, which is decorated with Norman geometric carvings.

Bayeux was the first city liberated after the D-Day landings, and there are memorial plaques all around the city to commemorate the victory and give thanks for the American and British troops.

We watched the sun set behind the cathedral, then headed to a cafe for onion soup, crepes, and wine. It was an incredible, relaxing day.

For more information on our Europe 2014 trip, check out these other blog posts:

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik  Hallgrimskirkja church, yummy food, and gorgeous scenery
  • London Part I – arrival in London, fish & chips, a snazzy pub, and the British Library
  • London Part II – walking tour of London highlights, Westminster Abbey, and an Irish pub
  • London Part III – St. Paul’s, Borough Market, and an incredible WWI memorial at the Tower of London
  • Paris Part Ia walk through Luxembourg gardens and sunset at the Eiffel Tower
  • Paris Part IIthree blockbuster sites: Notre Dame, Versailles, and Sainte Chapelle
  • Paris Part III – the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Auguste Rodin museum
  • D-Day Beaches – paying tribute to the Greatest Generation
  • Mont Saint-Michel – an abbey on an island

17 thoughts on “Europe 2014 – Bayeux

  1. Trent Lewin

    I love these posts…. they make me want to go far away. I’m headed to London in June, for some family stuff and touring around with the kids, can’t wait. Did you get to the catacombs when you were in Paris?

    1. Erin E. Post author

      What a fun trip! I don’t have kids, but I imagine London would be a great family vacation – something for everyone. I’ve not done any catacombs tours, in Paris or in Rome. Underground small dark places are not my idea of a good time, which is a shame, because I bet there’s a ton of interesting history there.

      1. Erin E. Post author

        If you do end up going, let me know! Maybe I’ll gather courage for it one day. (Or maybe I’ll just live vicariously through you and call it a day.)

    1. Erin E. Post author

      Our train ride took us through Caen, but we didn’t spend any time exploring the city, unfortunately. Add it to the list of reasons to go back!

    1. Erin E. Post author

      Thank you so much! Sadly I’m traveling for work and am away from my personal computer for a bit but I can’t wait to catch up on the work of blogging – including passing on the award 🙂

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