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Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France

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Though not
as lavish as some landlocked cathedrals, this abbey is certainly the most
dramatically situated, enjoying prime real estate just off the coast of
Normandy. The first abbey was built in 709, with construction continuing for hundreds
of years. Spurning the safety of the causeway (built in 1879 and currently
being reconstructed), pilgrims still scamper across the sands at low tide to
reach the Mont, and risk being overtaken by fast-moving waters.

Dining
Tip:
Try the agneau
de pré-salé
, a local specialty made from meat from the lambs that graze on
the nearby salt meadows.

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Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France

Though not
as lavish as some landlocked cathedrals, this abbey is certainly the most
dramatically situated, enjoying prime real estate just off the coast of
Normandy. The first abbey was built in 709, with construction continuing for hundreds
of years. Spurning the safety of the causeway (built in 1879 and currently
being reconstructed), pilgrims still scamper across the sands at low tide to
reach the Mont, and risk being overtaken by fast-moving waters.

Dining
Tip:
Try the agneau
de pré-salé
, a local specialty made from meat from the lambs that graze on
the nearby salt meadows.

Julius Fekete / Alamy

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