The town of Bayeux is most famous for housing the Bayeux Tapestry, La Tapisserie de Bayeux, an exquisite work of textile art from the 11th century, measuring 230 feet long (!) by 20 inches high. It is not a tapestry at all, as it is not woven, but wholly embroidered with varied and versed stitches, depicting with immense detail and great care, the conquest of England by the Norse king, William the Conqueror. The distinct personalities (the facial features are incredible and quite humorous) are brought to life in the natural dyed wool yarn of the period in russet, blue-greens, gold, and black. Though this epic cloth work in cloth was assuredly not meant to be humorous, there are satirical elements that add to its brilliance.

I only made one drawing while staying in "the tiniest house in Bayeux", inspired by the tapestry.

We unexpectedly came across a bicycle tour while in Bayeux, and I have a couple drawings from that. The French love their tours.

The smallest house in France was actually the water surveyor's station, where
he could watch the tide come in and out, signaling a potential flood.

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