Posts made in August, 2013

The bay of Mont St. Michel & its treasures

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Normandy & Brittany, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

The bay of Mont St. Michel & its treasures

The picturesque rural setting of the Mont St. Michel Bay consists of meadows, poppy fields, windmills and one-lane country roads meandering toward the coastline, where the Mont St. Michel abbey rises proudly from a wide expanse of sand.   At left:  The Moidrey windmill (Le Moulin à Vent Moidrey en Normandie) seen when approaching Mont St. Michel The route to the Mont St. Michel is every bit as serene and quaint as other parts of Normandy. Poppy fields stretch nearly to the coast in the bay of Mont St. Michel. Poppies of Mont St. Michel bay Approaching the Mont St. Michel, we see “salt...

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The marvel of the Mont St. Michel Abbey

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The marvel of the Mont St. Michel Abbey

The Gothic-style Benedictine Abbey dedicated to Archangel Saint Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls stand perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany. Designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, the remarkable abbey is one of the most extraordinary examples of medieval religious and military architecture, and was one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.  Still drawing a crowd, today over 3 million visitors annually come to the mount (of the...

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