Mont-St-Michel

Overview

Introduction

Mont-St.-Michel is perhaps the most famous site in Normandy and the third-most-visited site in France, after the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Chateau. The fortified medieval city sits on a natural island off the coast of Normandy, protected by the Mont-St.-Michel bay that surrounds it. A causeway had been built in the 19th century to facilitate access, but recent renovation projects demolished the causeway in order to make Mont Saint-Michel a true island again. All access is now made via a beautiful and tasteful pedestrian bridge or by boat.

Once within the walled city, the only way to get around is on foot, which is the perfect way to explore the medieval streets and buildings. In the summer, the streets tend to be congested with pedestrians, so take refuge on the ramparts at some point, particularly to enjoy the views of the city and the bay.

On the island of Mont-St.-Michel, be sure to visit the Mont-St.-Michel Abbey, a Gothic abbey that was completed in the 16th century, as well as the historical and maritime museums, also located on the island.

The culinary specialty of the island is the omelette. You might not think an omelette could be all that special, but one bite of La Mere Poulard's fluffy omelette and you'll change your mind. http://www.merepoulard.com.

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