Bayeux Water Wheel

Bayeux isn’t chock full of must-see sights, in my lowly opinion. Sure, it’s lovely. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just that there isn’t a heck of a lot to see and do there.

What brought James and me to the area were the nearby D-Day Beaches, and a booked day tour of significant Canadian Forces sites. But since we were going to be in the area for a few days, I did some research on what we could do to fill our time.

One of the things I learned about was the Bayeux Tapestry. I really wasn’t interested in seeing it but thought it would be a decent way to spend an hour or so. In the end, we both really enjoyed it. The tapestry itself was impressive, and the dry British audio-guide narrator had us laughing out loud at times. It was neat to learn about the history of William the Conqueror and his take down of Harold Godwinson during the Battle of Hastings. Unfortunately no photos of the tapestry are permitted, so you’ll just have to take my word when I say that it’s a must-see if you’re in Bayeux.

Right. Let’s get to the point of this post.

On our walk from the hotel to the Bayeux Tapestry, we passed the famous Bayeux Water Mill. I don’t actually know how “famous” it is but it’s featured in almost every online article I found during my hunt for things to do while in town.

Again, Bayeux isn’t really teeming with sightseeing options, so maybe that’s why the water mill features so heavily online?

It’s pretty, sure, but I must be missing its historical significance. Anyway, I took a photo as proof that we had seen it and then we carried on our merry way.

After dinner that evening we decided to go for a walk through the town. It’s a really cute picturesque town, perfect for strolling. Without planning to do so, we ended up at the water mill again. But this time it was lit up and I thought it looked quite nice against the night sky.

Have you been to Bayeux? Are you as ambivalent about the famous water mill as I am? And what did you think of the tapestry?

Bonne journée!


4 thoughts on “Bayeux Water Wheel

  1. Even fifty years ago this would have been a common sight all over Europe. Every village had a mill and lots of mills still had their water wheels, left over from the days before they had electricity and before milling became industrialized. In some places the water wheels have been preserved (or restored) and are operating again as tourist attractions, such as Erfurt (Germany) and Maastricht (Netherlands). I found the one in Maastricht really interesting because the whole mill has been restored (with huge wooden gears inside) and also the attached bakery, so you can see how the whole process used to be done and buy a loaf of traditionally baked bread or other bakery goods on the way out. I still have my old Maastricht photos and will post something about it one of these days.

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