Day 97: Honfleur and Bayeux, Normandy, France

Day 97: October 27th

We picked up our rental car close to our hotel. It had rained most of the night and was still raining when we left our hotel. Walking with our heavy backpacks is hard enough..holding an umbrella too is a balancing act. It’s hard for me as my pack sticks out way above my head and gets in the way of the umbrella. It’s quite clumsy!:)

Anyway, we made it to our car without much incident and off we went. It was easy enough to navigate and soon we were on the A13 to Normandy. All roads in Normandy lead to Caen…but we decided to stop at a town called Honfleur for lunch. It is beautiful seaside town right where the Seine meets the English Channel. It has a picturesque marina with a lot of seafood restaurants (over priced, of course:)) and a charming old town with a cathedral. We had a nice time walking around but it seemed that every waiter/waitress in the town was having a bad day. 🙂 the service at the restaurants left us not feeling very welcome.

Luckily, we were soon on our way out of town to Bayeux just 20km past Caen. If most of these names sound familiar, it because they all played a very significant part in world history. More on that in tomorrow’s post.

Bayeux is also home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry made in the 11th century depicting scenes from the Norman Conquest of England culminating in the battle of Hastings. I knew the town would have a cathedral but was surprised to see one of the most magnificent cathedrals we’ve seen on the trip. It was stunning. We’ll visit it tomorrow.

We found our hotel easily and went back into town for dinner. The town that had seemed so alive…full of cafés and restaurants just a few hours earlier suddenly seemed like a ghost town. May be it was because it was a Sunday night…it had started to rain once again. I’m starting to get a hang of this weather… It rains. It stops…and then it rains again! Repeat!:)

We found just one restaurant open and it was packed of course. Once again, we had a great meal. The oysters were delicious.

Tomorrow, we are driving to the beaches where the D-Day landings took place on June 6th, 1944… The event that led to the liberation of France and subsequently the fall of Nazi Germany.

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Driving out of Paris

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Driving out of Paris

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Honfleur

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Honfleur

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Honfleur

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