French Lifestyle  Mont Saint-Michel
23/06/201603:00 Mayu-Kitchen


My 3rd visit of Mont St. Michel since I live in France. So, finally, I decide to study the history, instead of thinking ” What’s for lunch/ for dinner?!” ;-)
 
 
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Classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979, this is the one of most popular tourist attraction in France, drawing almost 3 million visitors a year including tourists and pilgrims.

 
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Mont St Michel is called “Wonder of the West”. A masterpiece of medieval architecture, it is located at the top of the Mont and boasts magnificent views over the entire Mont Saint Michel Bay, that has the highest tides in Europe, which transform the surrounding landscapes twice a day.
 
 
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Actually, I visited here on the day of  the highest tide in 2016. There are 2 different photos (above & below) — can you see the big differences? And see this article from March  2015 the extremely highest tide in the record!
 
 
 
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According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to Aubert of Avranches 708, the bishop of Avranches, and ordered him to build a church on the rocky island in the middle of the most dangerous tide! From the year 710 and throughout the Middle Ages, it was commonly called “Mont Saint-Michel at the peril of the sea”.  In old days, there was no bridge or artificial road, no wonder, a lot of pilgrims are swallowed by tide on the way to the abbey of Mont St. Michel. Even today, this fascinating spectacle can be dangerous for visitors.
 
 
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Well… I truly recommend the visit of Mont St Michel, if you stay in Paris more than 5 days. it is a long journey from Paris, you spend most of days in the bus, then, walking in the crowd of tourists. The worst is that the bus tours includes the horrible omelette for lunch. Don’t take the option.
 
Mayu is a Japanese chef, a host of Mayu’s Kitchen in Paris, a food analyst, and vegetable nutritionist. As a food nomad, born in Japan, then she moved to many countries, North America, Mexico, UK, France and Japan.

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