After lunch we continued our drive down the coast to Mont St Michel. This monument is a world heritage site and probably one of the most photographed sites in France. Building was begun in 708 after Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches (a nearby town) had 3 dreams in which St Michael appeared to him.
It is built on a rock that is situated on a flat plain, that would be completely surrounded by water when the tide came in. There is a causeway to the island now, so access is not limited to walking out at low tide. The sand is very dangerous – like quicksand, and inexperienced people have been known to be caught in the rising tide and drowned. It is an important pilgrimage site – with over 3 million visitors each year.
I can’t possibly remember all the details that Christophe told us about Normandy today, but I would suggest that if you come to Normandy, you should definitely hire him for a day trip down the coast. His knowledge of history is amazing.