Mont St. Michel
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, view from the top across the salt flats at low tide

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, view from the top across the salt flats at low tide

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, view from the top across the salt flats at low tide a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitterWhen the tide is out, and it was a very very low tide indeed, the salt flats connect the mount to the mainland. In the far distance several small...
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the Great Hall

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the Great Hall

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the Great Hall a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitterFrom the lovely delicate church at the top, we descended down through tunnels and stairs into the interior of the mount, all of which was at one time shaped by human hands. This Great Hall was where...
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the cloister at the top next to the church itself

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the cloister at the top next to the church itself

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the cloister at the top next to the church itself a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitterParts of the cloister are Gothic although the lower parts of the mount are much earlier. Here delicat arches surround a central courtyard but part of the cloister remains unfinished...
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France interior halls of the monastery where the monks lived

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France interior halls of the monastery where the monks lived

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France interior halls of the monastery where the monks lived a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Photo by Richard Sidey www.richardsidey.com www.travelwitholga.com twitter The monks lived in cells down in the bowels of the mount. This is one of the older halls which was probably the scriptorium or...
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the monastery buildings on a rocky outcrop

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the monastery buildings on a rocky outcrop

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France, the monastery buildings on a rocky outcrop a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Richard Sidey www.travelwitholga.com twitterThe beauty of Mont St. Michel is the way the shape of the original rock formation was integrated into the design of the underground halls, chapels, and chambers and then extended...
Mont-St.-Michel-France-wheel-hoist-up-supplies

Mont-St.-Michel-France-wheel-hoist-up-supplies

Mont-St.-Michel-France-wheel-hoist-up-supplies a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop - view across salt flats

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop – view across salt flats

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop – view across salt flats a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitterWe docked by the island of St. Malo which was once the sanctuary of Corsairs, pirates, and explorers. Always terribly independent, the Maloans tried to establish and...
2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop - closer view

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop – closer view

2010-05-07 Mont St. Michel, France an exquisite monastery built on a stone outcrop – closer view a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Photo by Richard Sidey, Expedition Photographer. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Set up as a monastery, the monks sought complete isolation from the outside world. They also maintained a vow of silence. The...