International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Mont Saint Michel

Location: France


This spectacular site remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of France, second only to Paris. Students will perform "La Traversée", the crossing of the Bay between San Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel to get to the Mont Saint Michel Abbey and surrpounding areas. The tidal range of the Bay of MontSaint-Michel is the greatest in Europe, with incoming tides covering over 15 miles at the rate of a galloping horse. From a distance, one can see the "pre-sale" sheep (a gastronomic specialty thanks to their naturally salty meat) grazing on the salt marshes. the Mont St Michel Abbey is connected to the mainland by an improbably thin stretch of land. The rocky island was first inhabited and fortified in the 5th century, and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. Since its construction, which was supposedly ordered by the archangel Michael himself, the island has been a monastery, a wartime fort and prison. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people pay their respects by visiting each year.

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