10/03/2009 Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry, France

Today we arrived in France, Caen to be specific.  This is the Norman region of France, the area the Vikings took over in the 900’s AD.  In 1066, William the Bastard launched his invasion of England from here upon realizing he had been deceived by Harold who took the throne when Edward died.  Once he defeated Harold, William got to change his name to William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England.

This afternoon we went to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70 meter long (that’s 270 feet for Americans) embroidery created in the late 1000’s to document the complete story of William the Conqueror’s becoming king of England.  We also toured their cathedral and the downtown, checking out all the Patisseries.

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