Where Are You Going in the New Year?
Happy New Year to you! As lots of people think and list their New Year’s ‘must and must not dos’, I start thinking and listing the places I hope to visit in the New Year. Some will be favourites and others will be never before visited places, with new regions of France on the top of my list!
Here is a snippet of information and a travel photo to whet your wanderlust. Why not tour the famous town of Bayeux, France. This town really has something for everyone. Bayeux was the first town to be liberated by the Allies in 1944 and luckily escaped war damage. Because of this the streets are full of charm and a walk around the town is just the thing after a big lunch or dinner.
Above the town rises the spires and domed lantern tower of the Gothic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. Beneath the Cathédrale’s interior is an 11th century crypt decorated with restored 15th century frescoes of angels playing musical instruments. The Cathédrale is a national monument of France holding this same status with other famous French monuments like Mont St- Michel.
The famous Bayeux Tapestry was originally housed within the Cathédrale and is now on display in its own nearby museum. This is an amazing piece of history, and as an embroider myself, I stood in awe of the ancient embroiders’ handiwork. Photos are not allowed inside the museum due to the fragile nature of the backing fabric and embroidery threads but the gift store has cards, guides and books that have many photos and explain the history. Similarly the Apocalypse Tapestry at Château d’Angers is not to be photographed. The Battle of Normandy Museum had my boys and husband enthralled with its transportation vehicles, clothing and armament. And as my daughter enjoyed the Art Museum and quirky cafes there were smiles all round! So all in all, something for everyone. A city for the travelling family.
Travel info for the three major museums Museum Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO), Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy and MAHB (Museum of Art and History Baron Gerard) is on the Bayeux Museums Website.
I’m now going to get back to thinking about my New Years travel list and just where I’m going in the New Year. How about you – what are you planning?