Mont St Michel

We could see this famous site from the highway as we approached. The salt marsh in the foreground is populated by sheep, the source of a dish famous in the region for a thousand years, agneau des pres salé .

Mt St MichelThis was our second trip to Mt. St Michel. In 1995 my wife and I had spent a night at the famous restaurant and inn, La Mère Poulard.

Sign of La Mere Poulard, image from Wikipedia


We determined to have one of their famous omelettes for lunch. The recipe is a secret, but it is easy to photograph the cooks in the process of beating the eggs.

These young men put a tremendous amount of energy into every omelette


After lunch a local guide took us on a tour, including the nave of the abbey where the group was to sing later that afternoon.


Off to the side of the nave is the cloister:

Mt St Michel

The monks’ refectory, also adjacent to the cloister, had an arched ceiling. David Janower directed an impromptu performance there to take advantage of its famous acoustics.

Refectory at Mt St Michel. Photo by SkitheGap


There were numerous posters announcing the concert, but the audience was small. Close to the end, an employee of the abbey museum came in to listen. After one or two more numbers, the concert was over. She exclaimed, to herself more than anyone else, “Zut, j’arrive à la fin!”

We observed this sunset before leaving.


Mt St Michel is a great tourist attraction, and we got to see a good deal of it during the day. Our next destination was the American Military Cemetery at Colleville, near the beaches in Normandy where the Allies landed in 1944.

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