Artistic impressions and tapestries

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Normandy,
Thursday, September 1, 2011

We told Master X this morning that he had to wait for breakfast before having anything else after giving him a banana this morning. He promptly picked up the phone and mumbled something about 'mummy, daddy and banana'. After a bit of a slow start packing we were finally ready to check out. The man at the reception desk was laughing and said to Scott (in a french accent of course) "I think I spoke to your baby this morning". It appears Master X had called reception to voice his disgust about not being allowed a second banana.

We headed to Giverny, a small little town not far away. This place is the home of Monet and his gardens and the entire place seems dedicated to it. A coffee stop in a nice cafe near one of the gardens however we were promptly told that Master X was far too disruptive in his playing on the grass, so we were quick to move on.

We went through the Monet centre and through to the gardens which were spectacular. I am not much of a Monet fan in terms of his work however the gardens truly were amazing and you can see how inspiration could stem from a place like that. We saw the famous garden with the lillies and the little bridge. It was beautiful.

After a work through the town we continued on, slowly getting used to driving on the right hand side of the road. The thing that is getting us however is this 'give way to the right' business, I mean seriously you are cruising down the road, even a big road and a car wants to turn out of a teeny weeny side street, if they are on your right, you must give way. Odd but true.

Our next stop is Bayeux which is in the heart of Normandy. It is a beautiful little town with one amazing cathedral. The older style buildings are well preserved and the atmosphere, although in places is a little touristy, overall it really does have the effect of a small provincial town. When heading into the centre of town there are many monuments, flags and signs all honouring the D-day landings. I have wanted to visit this place for years and I was so excited to think that I was finally here.

We took a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry and we were just blown away by the size and the intricate detail of the tapestry. It is something like 68 metres long and is housed in the dark room with the entire tapestry displayed. The tapestry itself depicts the events before and during the Norman conquest in 1066 and the scenes are so clear as to tell the story. An audio commentary gives an amazing insight into history of the scenes and the craftwork itself is just brilliant.

Following our visit we stumbled across a gorgeous little outdoor restaurant by the little stream. It was off the main street, down an alley and the tables had checkered red and white tableclothes. An absolutely delicious meal and we were relaxed and content. One could really get used to this lifestyle!

The only downside to our evening was that we arrived back at the car to find that we had received our first parking ticket. However we have no idea of what to do with it as it is completely in french and neither of us read or speak the language to that depth. If we pretend it's not there, will it go away?? A drive down the narrow streets on the way home caused some nail biting but once again we arrived safe.
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