I have recently come to the realization that there are over two thousand photos saved in my photo library just begging to be shared somewhere, so I thought, why not start a new photo series right here on Annesque? These photos were all taken at the top of the beautiful Mont Saint Michel during my tour of France and Normandy last year.
"Amongst the quicksand, disorienting fog, and that sea, [which could] encircle unwary hikers, they found solitude...a dramatic abbey reaching to heaven...perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany...the Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint Michel."
Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island located only about 600 meters from the mainland, and absolutely unlike anything you will ever see in your life. It was founded in the 8th century for the Archangel Michel, and was settled by Benedictine Monks who sought solitude in prayer and closeness to God in this rocky fortress community. The massive historical abbey, with its beautiful stone architecture, stands today surrounded by colorful shops and restaurants. Exploring the island made quite the work out as we walked on an incline along the steep passageways, narrow roads and winding alleyways. Warning: not for the faint of heart, but such an amazing experience!
Until next time,