I’m back with more UNESCO sites! This time, I have a series of cards from France. The first is Mont St. Michel, or St. Michael’s Mont, in Normandy, France. I picked this card to show first because Mont St Michel is one of the few UNESCO sites that I have been to. It really is a spectacular place:
As you can see, Mont St Michel was built on an island in the 8th century CE. It used to be connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway, which was revealed at low tide, but covered at high tide. In 1879, a permanent causeway was built, connecting the island to the mainland at all times. The island, its abbey, and the surrounding bay have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979.
Interestingly, there is another St Michael’s Mount across the Channel, off the coast of Cornwall, England. This island, which was built to look like the one in France, was given to the Norman monastery in the 11th century as a gift for supporting William the Conqueror’s claim to the throne of England.
Only 44 people live on Mont St Michel, but more than 3 million people visit every year, making it quite the busy island.
Mont St Michel reminds me of a fantastic sand castle because of the way it sits far out on the beach, sometimes surrounded by the waters. It really sparks my imagination to think that there really are towns and fortifications built up on the beach, rising out of the sand like a sandcastle, but they are big enough for people to actually live and work in.
This card was sent by Erin in Normandy, who used a very neat circular stamp showing a woman lifting weights:
I like stamps that are different than the typical square or rectangular shape. Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the Belfries of Northern France.