Rouen, Honfleur, and Bayeux

 

We left Paris promptly at 8:00 on Sunday the 20th. Our first stop heading west was the town of Rouen. This city has historical significance due to St. Joan of Arc. She was burned to death (3 times total) in this city. Rouen also boasts a beautiful cathedral and a robust outdoor market.

We continued to the coastal town of Honfleur which has a scenic inner harbor and tons of restaurants and shops. An unusual church is near the town’s center. We were on free time for lunch and found a crepes restaurant also serving galettes, crepes with meats, cheeses, eggs, and vegetables. Good stuff. The town was overcrowded due to a three day weekend, prompting large numbefs of Parisians to seek refuge in this seaside village.

Then we contined to the town of Bayeux, which is the hub for activities related to the Normandy D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. It is also home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England by William the conqueror. This tapestry is over 70 meters long and was made in 1070, just four years after William’s conquest of Harold’s army. It is a remarkable work of art with so much historical detail in woven drawings. Just a few blocks down the street is the Bayeux Cathedral, a massive and beautiful structure which was started before 1070 because William the Norman and Harold of England were meeting in this church prior to the Norman invasion of 1066.

We checked into our Hotel Novotel Bayeux and had a nice supper with the group in the hotel restaurant.

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