The next morning we drove the few miles to Bayeux to see the tapestries. Bayeux is also touristy but I really loved it, more than the other quaint towns around. The tapestry museum is a model of how such places should be. You see a film about it, you see a "highlights' and finally you have a good audio guide to lead you through. The tapestry is quite marvelous; it too met expectations.
After seeing the tapestries we found a charming little restaurant, apparently completely patronized by locals, and had a nice salad lunch there. Made a quick internet-café stop; these don't seem to be easy to find in France; I guess it's like the US, where most people who want to use a computer have one! And visited the Cathedral, and a shop where women were making the traditional Normandy lace.
On the return to Caen we visited an archaeological dig of a Roman town, which has a rather impressive museum housing its finds.
And the next day drove to Mont St-Michel.