In 708, the Bishop of Avranches decided to build a sanctuary on the small island of Mont-Tombe in honour of the Archangel Michael. This soon became a popular pilgrimage for many people, including kings and queens. The people of the Middle ages regarded this site as a representation of heaven on earth.
In the 10th century, the Benedictines settled in the abbey, and a small village began to grow at the base of the walls. Over the centuries, the village and the abbey continued to grow and be continually added on to until it became the incredible structure of today.
The location of the monastery, with its inpenetrable walls, and the island impossible to reach at high tide made it a stronghold during the Hundred Years War, and it was able to resist attacks by the British.
How amazing that Bryce and I were able to make a pilgrimage of our own, taking the shuttle bus over the paved parkway that now leads to the island. We walked through the medieval village on our way to the top.
We drove from Le Mont St. Michel through charming litle villages full of old homes made out of stone, all the way through to the Bordeaux Valley, a 6 hour drive. We stayed in this lovely old hotel in the town of St. Emilion, just outside of Bordeaux.