Mont Saint Michele

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Mont Saint Michele

Mont Saint Michele looks ethereal when it dramatically appears above the horizon. Almost disturbing from miles away. This impression seems to be in harmony with its origins.

Bishop Saint Aubert dreamt that Saint Michael appeared to him. Saint Michael directed Aubert to build a chapel in his name. But Aubert was reluctant. Saint Michael appeared a second time with no result. Saint Michael appeared a third time with such insistence that when he pressed his finger upon Aubert’s skull it created a hole.  Do you doubt it?   Aubert’s skull is on display at the Saint-Gervais d’Avranches basilica with the cavity as evidence!

Saint Michael’s chapel was erected in 708 and has had numerous incarnations during its rich history. It was a significant place of pilgrimage, a safe harbor during the Hundred Years’ War, and eventually a prison.


It is a cruciform church, that is, shaped in the form of a cross. Roman architecture remains in the rear half of the church, while Gothic architecture is represented in the front of the church or “choir”.

Mont Saint Michele is stunning. It is stunning from a distance, suspended in the sky. It’s stunning reflected in the water that surrounds it at high tide, and stunning when the sand is exposed at low tide. As you get closer it reveals changing silhouettes, and as you climb to the top it surprises you around every corner with another phenomenal view.  It should be on everyone’s bucket list–I’m so glad it was on Kyle’s list. And by the way Kyle, you can’t cross it off your list yet–I heard from a reliable Norman that you MUST see it at night!


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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  • Cindy

    Wish I could explore this cathedral with you Rhonda. Absolutely unbelievable this one. Fantasy realm-istic. Be happy and be safe.

    October 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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    I’m having fun reading all your posts! So beautiful! You are such a great writer. You take us along. Love it!

    October 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm
  • Kyle Smith

    I could not take enough photos of the place. It took everything in me from staying all night taking pictures.

    October 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm
  • Ali

    Added to my bucket list just now after seeing your photos!

    October 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm