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Trip List by Kenneth D

Memorable or Miserable

17 Oct 2010  Keeping history alive
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Hotels, historical sites and restaurants

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Bayeux
  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Novotel Bayeux
    Novotel Bayeux, Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie

    This is a very comfortable and easily found hotel. Located with easy access to the highway leading to the American sector battlefields in Normandy. About 20 minutes to the American Military Cemetery above Omaha Beach and another 15 minutes to Sainte Mere-Eglise. We have stayed here on several visits. I stay here when traveling on my own escorting friends to the battle areas.

  • 2. Best Western Grand Hotel Luxembourg
    Grand Hotel du Luxembourg, Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie

    An OUTSTANDING property in Bayeux that is our first preference. Located in town and one block away from the main "walking street" that is full of shops and restaurants. Rooms are fairly large by European standards. Staff is very friendly and I've seen them treat the WWII veterans with great respect--especially the Brits who liberated this area. Good restaurant on site, but there are too many good places to eat in town! It's more expensive than Novotel, but well worth the price if you're traveling from overseas.

  • 3. Last Post, Menin Gate, Ieper, BE

    The town of Ieper, BE (Ypres) suffered some major battle damage during WW1 to the point where it was almost leveled. It has been beautifully restored and there are two imposing structures; the Cloth Factory built in medeival times and the Menin Gate, dedicated in 1928. On the two-story gate are carved the names of over 58,000 British Empire soldiers who are mssing from WW1. Every night at 8:00p regardless of weather, there is a moving ceremony called The Last Post. One soldier's name is selected and he is honored in a ceremony taking no longer than 15-20 minutes. Traffic into Ieper from Menin is diverted starting at 7:45p and people start gathering. I have attended this ceremony four times and no less than 200 people have shown up at any of them. The memory of the sacrifices are held dear by the Belgians and it shows. This is something that must not be missed if you are in the region.
    An added bonus, if your a chocoholic, is that half a block away from the gate, opposite the Cloth Factory on the town square is a small Leonidas Chocolates shop. You don't want to miss this either!