Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most recognised tourist destinations in the world – not just in France. Yes it's touristy but don't let that put you off.
Not only is the location of Mont Saint-Michel spectacular, the tides around it beggar belief. The tidal movements can exceed 36 feet – which makes for great danger for walkers who think they will walk out to the Mount and don't realise just how fast the water can come in.
Mont Saint-Michel is just about on the boundary between Normandy and Brittany.
I can't imagine how they managed to build a huge abbey on this rock – this was back in the 8th Century. Surely a think big project!
Saint Michel is French for the Archangel St Michael. He is one of the 3 archangels.
There are still monks and nuns on the mount today. And if you time it right you can watch them intone a service in the chapel.
Mont St-Michel was a place of pilgrimage – including some famous pilgrims including Richard II who was married there. The Mont was besieged unsuccessfully by the English in 1424.
The monastery was closed as a result of the French Revolution and was used as a prison. Many years later it was restored – thank goodness!