While we were in France, we amused ourselves by noting on the atlas the star system Michelin employs – not just for restaurants, but for towns and places of interest. The places Michelin gives three stars to are sometimes surprising: I mean, Paris – sure. But Caen, really? And some times they’ll give three stars to a whole city and sometimes to one historic monument. Although, in the case of the three stars they give Mont St Michel, I can’t argue. The place is really and truly Worth The Detour.
The guide book says Mont St Michel has the second most-recognised silhouette in France, after the Eiffel Tower. Who decides these things? But it’s true the excitement builds from the first glimpse of the island’s outline:
As you get closer, it starts to take shape and you see that what looks like one structure is actually several: the church and then the village winding around it, like lights on a Christmas tree.
After dinner, we did another tour of the village – there was just a little bit of light left in the Western sky but by then they had switched on the lights that illuminate the abbey.