Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A Tapestry in Pictures, A Wander through History

Today we had spent the day marvelling at the world of the middle ages, learning some history and being moved by the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to save Europe from Hitler.

We started with the Bayeux Tapistry which was made in about 1070. It is an amazing creation and even more so that it has survived nearly a 1000 years. We learned a bit about ancient English history as well.

Then off to the D Day beaches. We saw a 360 degree movie on the landings and the place as it is today. Then to a museum which went into some detail on the landings and the artifical harbour which serviced the invasion.

The highlight of the day was a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. There are 9387 soldiers buried there and 1557 missing soldiers. It is very well done. It is a moving experience to be amongst those who have given 'their future that we might have ours'. The Americans do do this stuff well.

Finished the day as we usually do with a large meal washed down with a delicious dessert. We have agreed that we are going to cut down to one dessert a day (se we don't come home looking like a bunch of walruses).
Bayeux Tapestry


Camembert in Camembert!

American War Cemetry at Omaha Beach

This is why we have to stop eating so many deserts!!!!


  1. Hi Fab Four! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. We hope to catch up with you in London. Email Peter and we will try and coordinate something.Enjoys your travels! Leigh

  2. Isn't the Bayeux tapestry amazing! I bought a small kit to do just one section of 2 horses in 2002 and have managed less than a quarter of the stitching. I would have been sacked as one of the original needle women! We arrive in Paris on Monday, Ann