We spent two days that first week exploring the coast of Normandy.
we drove to Bayeux. It is most famous for its tapestry depicting the events
leading up to
the Norman Conquest of England. The tapestry once hung in the cathedral in Bayeux, and is 230 feet
long. William the Conqueror's brother was bishop of Bayeux, and probably commissioned the tapestry.
The cathedral is kind of a mish-mash of medieval styles from Romanesque to Gothic, but style very appealing.
town is very attractive, too, though it was raining most of the time we were
Note the interesting mural of a dead tree on the side of this old house.
from Bayeux is the village of Cérisy-la-Forêt.
The medieval church here was once much larger, and
the center of a large monastery, now abandoned.
stopped at the Prieuré Saint-Gabriel that day. A priory is a small
monastery dependent on a larger one.
This one, a cluster of buildings still enclosed by its medieval wall, is now used for art exhibits.
One of our
favorite stops on the coast of Normandy was Honfleur.
We spent most of another day there, wandering its narrow--and touristy--streets.
Honfleur is set around a large and very attractive harbor.
interesting feature of Honfleur is its church, built entirely out of wood,
designed and constructed by medieval shipbuilders.
You can see that the ceiling looks like the bottoms of two boats turned over and set alongside each other!
stop on the north coast of Normandy was at Étretat.
It is a resort town set in a wide bay surrounded by high cliffs.
Atop one of the cliffs is a small modern chapel that affords a spectacular view over the bay.