View from the back of the ferry as we zoomed from Portsmouth, England towards Cherbourg, France. The crossing took 3 hours or so, compared to the 35 minutes by train under the narrowest part of the Channel from Dover to Calais. The ferry churns up the water something fierce and leaves a huge wake.
Dahlia in a castle garden in Flottemanville, Normandy. We stayed at the Château de Flottemanville, a charming little castle that has been in the hands of the same family for about 800 years, and is now a bed & breakfast with just a few rooms, as well as a working farm with cows and horses. It was fun and historic and very, very cold. They got a fire going for us in the breakfast room to help warm it up so we could eat our fresh croissants and homemade jams without turning blue. Stone castles really are cold places!
Along the causeway leading to Mont St. Michel: a beached boat surrounded by the roaming sheep which feed on the salty grasses and therefore give pre-salted meat!
Mont St. Michel - after which Minas Tirith was modeled!
Okay to park here today - the sea will not cover over this parking lot!
Today the tide will flow in and cover this parking lot at such and such a time...ha ha!
Minas Tirith - I mean Mont St. Michel, the tidal island, erstwhile monastery and then prison during the French Revolution
That's the archangel Michael at the top of the structure (which is why it is called Mont St. Michel)
Me walking towards Mont St. Michel (just to prove I was there)
My family walking towards it
I just kept taking photos - it's really quite a sight.
The tidally revealed sands just keep stretching out for 8 miles!
We climbed way way up a ton of stairs, and were rewarded with a long view.
See how small the cars are way down below?
Emily looking out
A lost glove for Jeffy. http://tomecat.com/madtimes/index.php/category/lost-gloves/ I know you're not collecting them anymore, but a pink glove lost at Mont Saint Michel in Normandy? I had to capture it. That's a pretty special place to find a lost glove.
In a little chapel off of the refectory, I think.
We liked this stained glass.
This was my favorite part of the whole place - this little altar with the Greek symbols for Alpha and Omega embedded in the stonework. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega - the A and Z - the Beginning and the End. He knows the end from the beginning and everything else in between. We can trust Him and He's a very good person to know and to go to for help.
I liked the lichen.
Mont St. Michel view over the tidal sands
Dangerous quicksands and a tide that comes at the speed of a galloping horse...
And more photos taken on the way out...
And one more just in case...