5 Beautiful Places Around the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

5 Beautiful Places Around the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

The Mont Saint-Michel Bay is one of Europe’s most captivating sites, so much that its reputation often eclipses the area around it. A stone’s throw from the preened citadel of the Mont, neighboring Brittany (Bretagne)—traditional homeland of the Celtic Bretons—appears rugged and untamed in comparison. But drive through this corner of northwestern France and it will begin to enchant you with its rich palette of hills, mounds, rivers, and seascapes. Here’s how to make the most of your visit to Mont Saint-Michel, its bay, and the surrounding region. Continue reading “5 Beautiful Places Around the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel”

Île de Ré: Pearl of the French Atlantic

Île de Ré: Pearl of the French Atlantic

Specks of sunlight showered the inside of our bus. It wasn’t too hot, not for a late July afternoon, but a little muggy nonetheless. I must have been weaving in and out of sleep because I don’t recall ever crossing the bridge separating the island from the mainland port of La Rochelle. I do remember passing the Abbaye des Châteliers; I remember the ruins standing lustrously in their field of gold, a relic time couldn’t bear to fully ravage. Continue reading “Île de Ré: Pearl of the French Atlantic”