Today, I would like to write an article why you must include Mont Saint Michel in your travel bucket-list. This majestic abbey is located in northwestern France, Normandy and welcomes more than 2.5 million tourists per year (source: click here). I had a chance to have a quick visit last summer. And I wish that I could go back there again this year. Here is 5 reasons why you should visit Mont Saint Michel.
One of world heritage classed by UNESCO.
A little bit of history, the church was first built before the year of one thousand, and continued to extend their buildings for centuries. During French revolution and empire, the Abbey was turned into a prison. Since 2001, a community of monks and nuns of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem have been living as a community on Mont Saint Michel. They are tenants of the center of national monuments and are not involved in the management of the Abbey.
The medieval village.
Not only the monastery, you can also visit the surrounded village that was built during the Middle Ages. The village consists shops, restaurants and lodgings.
When Mont Saint Michel is bathed with water, it becomes an island, yet this only take place only 6 to 7 times each year. So, when it’s at lowest tides, you can experience one of the most popular activity, crossing the bay and explore its history and biodiversity. You can cross by foot, bike, horse, kayak or even gyrocopter. As it is extremely dangerous to cross the bay by yourself, this activity only allows with company of certified guides.
Home to Mère Poulard biscuits and omelet.
I haven’t even got chance to taste it, but Mont Saint Michel is home to the popular omelet made by a French cooker, Annette Poulard. She and her husband, Victor Poulard, owned a hostelries la tête d’Or in Mont Saint Michel. Her original recipe made since 1888, and became popular ever since. It was actually her idea to make their visitors waited with patient by offering them an omelette souflée before the main course, le gigot prés-salés (read: lamb leg), a specialty of the region.
Magnifique sightseeing of medieval architecture.
There are too many things to see in Mont Saint Michel. You will capture different pictures from different angles, and it’s all beautiful. The fortress, the abbey, the shops, the restaurants, the view of the bay, the stairs, the streets, also the nature. One day is definitely not enough to visit the whole island.
Quick tips: Wear sneakers!
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