An annoying virus has kept me indoors for several weeks so I missed out on our long-planned trip to France. But my camera found its way into my son's pocket and here are a few images of things I didn't see:
The Bayeux Tapestry Museum would have been top of my list of places to see
Everyone is familiar with the images of the Norman Invasion in 1066 but the tapestry was brought to life by Sarah Bower in her novel The Needle in the Blood and I was really looking forward to seeing it. I will have to be content with pictures of it for a while longer.
I don't think I would have enjoyed crossing the Channel in a ship like this one, even as a conqueror.
More recent military landings are commemorated a few miles away at Ouistreham.
and in the cemeteries. Those rows of headstones are a harrowing reminder of the sacrifice of thousands of young lives.This is the Pegasus Bridge, which played a key role in the Normandy landings and also in the film The Longest Day.
We were lucky to be living in Portsmouth in 1984 when the D-Day Museum was opened. The Overlord Embroidery is the modern equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry and well worth a visit if you have any interest in the events of 1944.
My son knew that I would be in need of a little refreshment after all that History, so he visited this patisserie on my behalf. Unfortunately he ate the chocolates and pastries on my behalf too!