This will be the last but one post of French pictures and yes I must show you what I came home with – and my scrapbook too.

Castelnaud houses the Mediaeval War Museum – perfect for little boys.  We drove up a very steep and very narrow road, parked, walked down a steep hill and then back up.  In 32 degree heat.  It was a bit much…. (Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun……)

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Well worth it for the views.

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Then another day we headed into the Museum Of Prehistory.  Wow.  A subject close to my heart and complementing my university course on Ritual and Religion in Prehistory.

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One night we had dinner in the campsite restaurant – I had flash cards (kindly supplied by Margaret – thanks!) to say no wheat, diary and meat.  The waitress understood, shame the cook didn’t.  I was very ill that night.

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The boys enjoyed piggy-out puddings.

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I ordered, and surprising myself, enjoyed, a black coffee.

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One of the final days was a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry – which of course is not a tapestry but an EMBROIDERY!

Wonderful to see it “live” after seeing so many pictures and recreating a (very) small section for C&G work.

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Any C&G Part II (Diploma) Embroidery Student will recognise the symbol on the town trail.

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A visit to Normandy would not be complete without a visit to the D Day Landing beaches.  In contrast to the Somme area it was quite hard to imagine this touristy, seaside area as a centre of a major battle area.  Though once on the beach you could feel and hear the history.

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Though we didn’t expect the area to be such a beach resort it seemed to have been this way before the war and as DH said, they fought so that it could be a tourist beach again with freedom and liberty.

We should all be thankful.

4 thoughts on “More from France

  • 23/06/2010 at 10:09 am

    Good to know the Bayeux Tapestry Museum is going strong – I was very impressed with it when I visited twenty years ago. Must go back…!

  • 23/06/2010 at 10:43 am

    I love the Tapestry – when I was working we always took Yr 6 to France and Wed was visit the tapestry day ( in fact they are there today and i will text them later -) no matter how many times I went I always had gooose bumps when I took the children and told them the background – once before you got the earphones I was told I was tooo loud!!!!!! – I also got left in the loo in the carpark and they all went off without me even my group!!!!! – I hope you pointed out all the rude bits to the 'boys'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 23/06/2010 at 11:31 am

    Hi Helen,
    Absolutely loved all the photos. You really seem to have a good eye to catch all the interesting stuff. Look forward to the sketchbook which topic did you choose in the end.

  • 23/06/2010 at 1:05 pm

    Thoroughly enjoying all your stunning photo's Helen – just gorgeous 🙂

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