Bayeux yesterday and today.

General_de_Gaulle_addressing_the_citizens_of_Bayeux,_14_June_1944._A24136 General de Gaulle addressing the citizens of Bayeux, 14 June 1944
P1050813 …and the same place today.


Like so many places in Bayeux and Normandy, the apparent calm and tranquility hides a history of dramatic events. La Place de Gaulle was the location of General de Gaulle’s famous Bayeux Speeches, the first one taking place on June 14th, 1944 just a few days after the Normandy invasion. Today, high school students hang out on the sparse lawns and families bike weekends on its quaint paths.


A lovely sleepy coastal town in Normandy.




One of my favorite little towns on the D-Day beaches is Arromanches les Bains.

Site of Mulberry “B”, one of the artificial harbours assembled for allied invasion forces, this quaint little town consists of only a couple of hotels, restaurants, cafés and crèpe venders. My favorite spot, however, is the vintage carousel that sits right on top of the coastline next to the Arromanches D-Day museum, Musée du Débarquement.

For more information on Arromanches, check out this lovely piece in Historynet by James Ullrich.


A visit to a medieval landmark on a snowy afternoon.

Château de Creully, Normandy

chateau de Creully Normandy

flowers in the snow

Unfortunately, most of France seems to have the flu at this moment, so we took a family drive to Creully, a small town several miles east of Bayeux.

The Chateau de Creully is a rare medieval fortress which evolved greatly between the 11th to 17th centuries.

After D-Day it was the BBC’s headquarters who housed its transmitter in the tower.

It was perfectly silent and still the day we visited, the lawns covered with a light blanket of snow. Flower beds colored the landscape, hopefully a promise of Spring soon to come.



In a back courtyard behind the cathedral is “l’arbre de liberté”, a 200+ year-old tree that was planted just after the French Revolution.


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