Mont St. Michel

Photo by Benjamin Feron

{Mont Saint-Michel against a stormy backdrop.}

Mont Saint-Michel is an island about half a mile off the coast of Normandy, France. It’s what’s known as a rocky tidal island, meaning it’s only connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land during low tide and isolated at high tide. This area of France experiences some of the highest tides in Europe (there’s a difference of about 15 meters between high and low tide). The tide also moves extremely fast, making the journey across the mud flats treacherous. Some people have even died after sinking into the quicksand. Fortunately, you don’t have to risk your life to see the island. These days, a causeway connects Mont Saint-Michel to the mainland year-round.