Just a two-hour train ride from Paris, but a world away, is the town of Bayeux, set in the classic Normandy countryside, surrounded by apple orchards and the detritus of the hard-fought battles of World War II.
Though a tourist mecca, Bayeux is a relatively quiet place with its touchstones close at hand: the War Memorials, the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, the Cathedral, Lace Conservation Center and its famous Calvados apple brandy, caramels and biscuits. Worth a visit for history buffs, lace lovers and embroidery enthusiasts.
|Bayeux - a central player in European history from the Middle Ages to World War II|
|Bayeux is in the Calvados region -- noted for its brandy and other apple products|
|Tempting shops on Rue St. Martin, Bayeux|
|Bayeux was almost undamaged during WWII|
|Bayeux's ornate Cathedral founded by Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror|
|The charming Hotel d'Argouges, Bayeux|
|Annex of Hotel d'Argouges - bigger rooms on ground floor - comfortable!|
|The Bayeux Tapestry - before I realized there were no photos allowed - sorry!|
|WWII tank - a different take on Bayeux's history|
|Silk & bead embroidery at the Church of the Augustines, Bayeux|
|Traditional Lace of the region - made by nuns, of course.|
|Window of the Lace Conservation Center, Bayeux|
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