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We went to Bayeux to see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry is 68 metres long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The tapestry, which is actually embroidery rather than tapestry, is over 900 years old and is housed in a dedicated museum.

If you have an interest in history, it’s well worth seeing.

Bayeux Tapestry
A section of the Bayeux Tapestry - Public Domain, Link

Bayeux - Picturesque, Medieval and a Mystery

Bayeux is a lovely village in Western France, uniquely connected to history.

There is the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in the centre of the village that once-upon-a-time housed the Bayeux Tapestry.

There is also the unique Reporters War Memorial – a tribute to the many war correspondents who have lost their lives informing us about the tragedy of war.

And then there is the lovely historic streetscape of the town. Largely untouched by the ravages of past conflicts, the old town has lovely medieval timber-framed and stone houses, towered mansions and quaint shopping areas.

There’s a weekly market that showcases local goods and where you will get a good local snack (try the choucroute de la mer, which is a medley of seafood on a sauerkraut base) and maybe buy some of the famous Bayeux lace.

You could pause a while at the waterwheel and watch the Aure River gently flow by (there’s a coffee shop nearby).

There is a great art gallery, The Baron Gerard Art and History Museum which is housed in the former Bishops Palace, and the war cemetery has a tribute to those soldiers who were killed in World War II and whose remains could not be identified.

Bayeux, France - Tribute to the Unknown Soldier
In the Bayeux war cemetery is this elegant tribute to the Unknown Soldier

The Bayeux War Cemetery is within easy walking distance of the town.

And then there is the mystery . . . 

Bayeux France streetscape
The mystery of the plaque in the cobblestones. Do you know what it means?

On our travels around the town, we discovered this brass plaque embedded into the cobblestones near the cathedral. Do you know what the symbol means? If so, let us know by commenting below.Thanks.

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