We arrived in Bayeux by rental car from Dinan on Sept. 28. I had an expresso at a brasserie in the center of town, handing the barman a 20 euro bill. He gave me change for a 5 euro--just a cautionary tale and the only negative part of this wonderful place.
This is an easy city in which to drive. After experiencing the hills and narrow roads of Honfleur and Dinan, this was cake.
We stayed in the Hotel Sainte Croix which we would recommend without hesitation (reviewed separately).
On Saturday, there is a very nice market until 13:00 in the center of town--it was the best of the 3 we saw in France, selling everything from clothes to live poultry and rabbits.
For 2 days we visited the Utah Beach museum and the Arromanches museums. We went by car and found it easy to navigate and very moving.
I returned our rental car as originally agree to Caen. We used Auto-Europe and were generally pleased. We obtained the car in Rouen and used it for 8 days. One problem we did encounter was trying to return the car with a full gas tank. We went to a service station and there were no attendants and the machine did not accept my American credit card--I know that this issue has been noted elsewhere, but I thought I would update it a little.
On Oct. 3, we went on the overlord tour of Omaha and Utah beaches and other numerous D-day sites. The tour cost 85 euro p.p.; it meets behind the Churchill hotel (a big meeting place for many tours) and we were grouped with 6 other people in a van led by a very experience tour guide. Even though the day was rainy, everyone on the tour left with uplifted spirits. I booked this tour 3 weeks before and could not get one of their other tours, so if you are interested you should probably book early.
The following day we did laundry-- 3 laundromats in the center of town that never seem busy and then visited the tapestry museum, very well organized--no problem with crowds, I would allow about 2 hours.
We left for Paris by train on Thursday. B.t.w., we were told that there is a 25% discount for people over 60.