|Mont St Michel on top of the rock with the small town below|
|The (headless!) archangel burns a hole in Aubert's head...|
|Looking out to see the very low tide around the island|
During the Hundred Years War Mont St Michel was an example of military architecture, and following the French Revolution there were no more monks left and the building was turned into a prison. It was recognized as a Unesco world heritage site in 1979.
|The beautiful chapel at the altar|
Our tour bus could not go to the bottom of the rock because these large vehicles were deemed to cause an environmental impact on the area so we had to take a special shuttle that operated irregularly, but it was only a few minutes' ride.
At the bottom of the abbey are numerous cafes and shops that line the streets, reminding me of my visit to Jiufen near Taipei, but much cleaner!
The famous gourmet specialty here is the omelette at La Mere Poulard. The story goes she and her husband opened a hotel on Mont St Michel and served thick omelettes from her copper frying pan. The cost these days? 35 euros...
|Joan of Arc helped drive the English out|
The brand La Mere Poulard also sells cookies. We bought some but will try them later. For dinner at our hotel in Bayeux, we tried a large slice of quiche Lorraine, and for dessert tarte tartin.