Today we visited the three big museums in Bayeux as well as the cathedral. So I learned a few things -
- The cathedral is almost 1000 years old!!!! And it has 250 year old graffiti on it.
The Bayeux Tapestry (which is actually an embroidery) is also almost 1000 years old (the cathedral features in the story told on the tapestry). It has survived amazingly well considering the abuse it has had to endure over it's lifetime, it was once used as a tarp to cover a cart (hundreds of years ago) and hung vertically for a while, which stretched and stressed the fabric and threads. Somehow they managed to ferry horses across the English channel in boats not much larger than a dinghy. I don't have any photos of the tapestry because these days they do their utmost to preserve it - thus no photography is allowed.
Bayeux managed to get through WWII without suffering any damage, like 99% of the rest of the towns in Normandy. It was one of the first cities to be captured by the allies and became the administrative centre of France until Paris was liberated.
"Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!"
The ring road around the walking city centre of Bayeux was constructed during WWII because the streets were too narrow for tanks and trucks to pass easily.
For an Australian, stuff over here is just unbelievably old.
See, it's a toilet that empties right into the river. No doubt it's now plumbed but it's fascinating. (Nice finger in that photo).