On day 19, we all loaded up on nice charter busses and headed to Brittany. On the way, we stopped at Mont St. Michel. This place is magical. It's kind of hard to explain but it's close to the coast. When the tides come in at certain times during the year, the whole city and monastery (which sits on a mountain) is surrounded by water. This makes is kind of an island...kind of not. Look up information on this area if you're interested because it's a little difficult for me to explain. Anyways, we walked around the quant little city, which has only one main path up the mountain to the monastery on top. Once we got to the monastery at the top of Mont St. Michel, we got a tour. The inside was obviously magnificent, and the views were to die for!
|The view walking up to Mont St. Michel|
|The monastery at the top of Mont St. Michel|
|You can see how the ocean in the background! During certain times of the year, Mont St. Michel is surrounded by water!|
|The garden in the center of the monastery|
|Michael and I by the courtyard of the monastery|
|The sunset at St. Malo|
|The view while walking around the walls of St. Malo. The ocean here was is so beautiful! You can see they built a pool into the ocean in the background, complete with a diving board!|
|Walking along the walls surrounding the city on our first day in St. Malo.|
|You can see how St. Malo is truly a "beach city".|
|Some of my fav girls on the trip! :) Had a blast with these ladies. The picture is really grainy because it was actually pitch dark when we took this picture....we just held really still and had a long shutter speed :) haha|
|Michael and Eric decided to jump in! haha|
|Our group at Cafe Simon for Michael's 21st birthday in St. Malo|
|He couldn't resist. Haha. You can kind of see my dinner, which was duck!|
Day 21 of my study abroad in Paris was the last day of the excursion. We got on our charter bus and visited Omaha Beach on the way back. This was really fun for me because I'm a huge history buff. We got to see where the landing of D-Day was and saw all the war memorials. I took some sand back to the United States with me from Omaha Beach! They also a store where they sold vintage war memorabilia. I found a gun clip holder with a soldier's name on it so I bought it for about 30 euros and brought that back as well for my dad. He loved it :)
|Michael and I walking along Omaha Beach... We were looking for neat looking rocks and shells to take home with us as souvenirs!|
Literally, this excursion was the highlight of my trip. Everything we did was incredible, and I would really like to visit again one day. So much history and it's really nice to see another side of France.
Would you ever visit these places?
Read my next post on Petanque (a French game), La Galeries Lafayette (HUGE department store), and Saint-Chappelle.