Sep 04, 2006
Dec 24, 2006
Saturday morning IES took us on a little excursion to Mont Saint Michel, just on the border between Brittany and Normandy. It was absolutely spectacular. Mont Saint Michel is a very old abbey built on an isolated tidal rock surrounded by lots of sand, and when the tide is in, sea. It was quite a climb up the narrow streets lined with tourist shops and creperies to the top, but it was definitely worth it. The abbey church is very beautiful, as is the greenery inside the cloisters, and there is a really magnificent view from the top. There is still a community of religious who live there, which I thought was pretty cool, although we didn't get to see them. Unfortunately, a group of French middle-schoolers on a field trip who had no concept of respect and apparently did not know how to read the signs that said "The back of the church contains the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and is reserved as a place of prayer. Please be silent and respect this" sort of ruined the experience. It was still an amazing place, though. We had some good crepes and wine for lunch, and the nice weather and sunshine left in favor of rain just as we were leaving, so that was lucky.