Rediscovering Bayeux, France


Heather Markel, Best Selling Author, Speaker, Traveler, Full Time Travel Coach

Trying To Be A Tourist To A Place I Thought I Knew So Well

In my last post I spoke about Louvieres as the start of my passion for travel. To get there, you take a train to Bayeux.

I’ve been to Bayeux many times but more as a local. Every time I visit my host mom in Louvieres I get a moka cake at the Reine Mathilde bakery. This time was no exception. In fact I had them make 3 larger cakes while I was there!

This time I decided to play tourist. I went to the tourist office and got a map of a fun route to explore. There are small metal symbols on the street marking the path. How strange I never noticed them before!

bayeux historic trail marker

I knew about the large mill in the town center which I visited but had never walked over by the hospital, or, not recently anyway. I enjoyed finding small carvings in stone as I walked, a small chapel and then, on the street another water mill! (Also great free toilets there if you need them.)


The water mill I was familiar with

second bayeux water mill

The other water mill I had never noticed before this trip!

For some reason I also never noticed some of the amazing architecture on the buildings and so took photos and sought them out. There’s a great book that shows some amazing houses to be found there. I perused through it at my host mom’s house and got inspired to look for the spots that are not private, and, therefore, closed to the public.

A close up of the sculptures on an ancient Bayeux building

Another thing I’ve never experienced in the 36 years of visiting this region is the medieval festival! The entire city was transformed and I almost didn’t recognize parts of it. There were entertainers and booths all around the city center. I highly recommend it if you make your way there at the right time of the year!

bayeux medieval festival 2

As I perused the streets, somewhere between a local and a tourist, on a perfect summer day, I enjoyed seeing Bayeux with curious eyes, and discovering spots previously unknown to me.

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