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Monday, June 30, 2014

Majestic Mont Saint-Michel

It rises majestically out of the sea like a fairy tale castle from The Little Mermaid. 
It is the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. Built during medieval times off the coast of Normandy it has served as an abbey, monastery, fortress and prison. 

Because of it's unique location on a tiny island when the tide comes in it is completely surrounded by water making it accessible only by a walkway.

The main chapel is at the very top of the mount with smaller chapels, great halls, kitchens, and crypts below. So, to get to the top one must climb and climb. 

This is the interior of one of the Great Halls. One could easily get lost inside the maze of  hallways and stairwells.

The views from the top are spectacular and a bit dizzying! The weather was a bit overcast and rain threatened but never materialized.

At the bottom of the mount there are souvenir shops and restaurants aplenty. I had my first, but not not my last croque monsieur  sandwich here.
Mont-St-Michel - Main Road - La Grande Rue

If you are planning  a trip to Normandy you MUST include a visit to Mont Saint Michele. It was truly one of the highlights of our visit to France.
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  1. That looks BEAUTIFUL! It totally beats Paris. Makes me want to go back to France!

  2. Found you over at Coastal Charm's party. I researched this beautiful place when I acquired a vintage French medal from there. I make vintage jewelry and like to know a little background about my pieces. After reading about it I vowed that I would get there someday! For Mother's Day my husband started a "France Fund!" Can't wait to finally go. I'm your newest follower!
    xo Kathleen

  3. gorgeous! i only wish i could have seen this at night, with the water, but when we visited in april we were out of there before the tide came back in. truly a magnificent sight, right?

  4. What breathe taking views! I would love to travel there someday. The archways, carvings, and spires are incredible.

  5. Beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.