Friday, April 28, 2017

Portsmouth

We picked up our car on Thursday, 20th April, and then headed to the Portsmouth Park and Ride. We went to the port again and had another look at the Mary Rose, which was one of Henry V111's ships. The last time we saw it, the ship was under some kind of liquid restoration. This time it is out of this so it was very interesting to see it. The museum is so good. There are lots of wonderful artifacts from the ship and stories about the poor men what went down with the Mary Rose in 1545.





It was lovely to wander around the docks too.
We then drove to Cheltenham, where we were staying for the next two nights.

Bayeux and Arromanches-les-Bains

On Tuesday, 18th April, we went to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry/embroidery. It was amazing! What a wonderful thing to see. I can only imagine how many hours were spent stitching this amazing story of William the Conqueror nearly 1000 years ago. It is even more amazing that it is still here and so colourful and we can see it! You can't take photos of the stitching but there are many images online.
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We wandered around the town too and it was lovely as well.




We then went to Arromanches-les-Bains where some of the Normandy landings happened in World War 2. We went to see the amazing 360 degree movie of the 100 days of the landings and it was very moving. We then headed back to Caen to return the car (always a bit stressful getting fuel etc).

On Wednesday we went and walked around Caen Castle. William had a small castle here in 1090 or so!
We then caught the bus to the ferry terminal at Ouistreham and caught the ferry to Portsmouth. It was rather nice to relax for the 6 hours on the ferry.

Caen, Beuvron-en-Auge, Honfleur and Crevecour-en-Auge

On Sunday we wandered around Caen before having dinner. It has quite an interesting history as William the Conqueror had a castle in the city and he and his wife, Matilda, are buried there. We looked into the Abbaye des Hommes where William is buried.
 On Monday, 17th April, we drove to a gorgeous little village called Beuvron-en-Auge. It is a tiny village with lots of half timbered houses and a lovely little cafe with yummy coffee.




 We then drove the slow way all along the coast towards Bonfleur. Stopped to check out the windy beach and these lovely houses.

 Honfleur is another gorgeous place to visit and really looks like Holland! We loved seeing the outside and inside of the very old timber church too.







We then headed to Crevecour-en-Auge and enjoyed visiting this medieval farm and castle. Lots of information here too about our friend, William the Conqueror. 





Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mont St Michel and St Malo

On Saturday, 15th April, we drove to Mont St Michel. It was wonderful to see this amazing place. We walked up the hill and went inside the Abby which was very interesting. I still can't get over how old everything is here in Europe.





 In the afternoon we caught the local bus into town for another delicious dinner. This colourful band was playing as we came into St Malo.





The next day we organised to catch up with Barbara and Bruce from Canberra. We didn't even realise that we were overlapping in St Malo. It was fun to chat to them about home and our holidays.
 We went for a walk with them and Barbara showed me the street where part of the book, All the Light we cannot see, was set. Barbara was reading it while in St Malo so she remembered the name.



That afternoon we left St Malo and headed to Caen for our last few days in France.