Friday, November 30, 2007

A grey day in Bayeux

Spires of Bayeux cathedral tower over the medievial watermill on a grey November day.

Bayeux is world famous for the tapestry depicting the Normann conquest of England in 1066. The town was also the first to be liberated by the Allies in 1944. So swift was the advance of British and Canadian forces that Bayeux hardly suffered any damage.

It was here that France started rebuilding her post-war nationhood: when de Gaulle arrived he immediately apppointed a French Mayor who took over administration. So American and British command were left with no room for an occupation government.

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