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Mont St. Michel

Written on: Sunday March 18th, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen Exchange

An essential trip while in the Normandy region (or so the tour books say) is Mont St. Michel.  This is a fortress that was once, and possibly still is from the chanting type noises we heard while there, an abbey.  It's interesting factor is that it lies on an island, with a manmade causway attaching it to the mainland.  Unfortunately, it now appears as though it is part of the land due to the sand that is washed in by the tides.   These tides are the largest in Europe and I believe that somewhere I read that they are the second largest in the world, second only to those of Bay of Fundy in Canada.  This seems reasonable as there can be up to 15 meters difference between high and low tides.  This was an interesting area that has restaurants, stores and hotels all within the walls however, I found the abbey itself a little boring.  Remember though, everything is in the eye of the beholder so this doesn't mean you should miss this sight if you make it to Normandy.

Mont St. Michel is right on the boarder of Brittany.  This is the area where crepes were invented.  Soooo, for dinner, there was no question that we had to find a creperie.  My crepe with Reblochon cheese was delicious.  We also tried an apple crepe with Calvados (both Norman products) for dessert, but found the liquor a little strong.  Mom was also after a "pre sale" (pre salted) lamb but we're not sure if we found it.  This type of lamb is considered already salted because they graze in the pastures that flood from the salty tide waters that wash over the pastures.