Mont St Michel is a popular tourist attraction and world heritage site
- an impressive abbey on a rock island reached by a causeway whose origins
date back over a 1000 years. Climb up narrow winding streets with shops
and museums on either side. At the top is the abbey church known as
La Merveille - the Marvel with its beautiful cloisters. Walk the ramparts and see the chefs making the famous "La Mère Poulard" omelettes then try the dish in the restaurant. Take a guided walk across the sands (14 kms bare feet!) and view the island of Tombelaine.
Other places to visit:
Avranches - Lovely gardens, overlooking the Bay of Mont St-Michel, illuminated manuscripts from the Mont, D-Day Museum, General Patton's tank still adorns the main square of the town. Good shops and restaurants.
Granville - Old port with good fish restaurants - try a thermal bath, visit
Christian Dior's house and gardens, take a boat trip to the bird sanctuaries of the Chaussey Islands where most of the granite was quarried to build
Mont St-Michel and St Malo.
Villedieu-les-Poêles - literally "God's Town of the Frying Pans", famous for copper and pewter and one of the few remaining bell foundries in Europe.
St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët - excellent street market on Wednesdays.
D-Day - American cemetery at St James, German mausoleum near
Mont St-Michel, further afield the D-Day beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
Bayeux - Famous tapestry, war cemeteries, museums and cathedral.
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