The Bayeaux Tapestry!
This is not Orchidian but the first thing that popped into my mind!
The Bayeaux Tapestry is in Normandy and is a fascinating treasure.
Going to see it is one of my lifetime goals and I envy your
opportunity! It is 20 inches tall by 230 FEET long and is displayed
at eye level so that one can go around the room and see it all.
It is the telling of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, when William
the Conqueror invaded and beat out Harold for the throne of England,
which would have a huge influence on the culture and literature of
England for centuries. The tapestry itself also has a very
interesting history of its own. At one time, around the time of the
French revolution, some people wanted to use it as a covering for
ammunitions wagons. A French lawyer squirreled away and hid it for
30 years to protect it. Thank goodness he did or else it would have
been lost forever!
Go to Wikipedia and read about it and see pictures. You can even
create your own virtual tapestry: (cut and paste)
BTW, France in June should be wonderful and the food!!! Oh la la!!!
Ce sera merveilleux! (It will be marvellous!)