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Of all the popular stops on a France tour, none are quite like Mont Saint-Michel. Located on a tiny island about half-a-mile off the coast of Normandy, this small commune has been a part of French history since the eighth century, and any venture to the secluded site will stand out as one of the most unique parts of the trip.
The highlight of Mont Saint-Michel is unquestionably the enormous abbey that you can see from far off shore. The rest of the community was built around this stunning building, which was dedicated to St. Michael. Construction on the abbey began in the 11th century, but it was not officially completed until the 16h century. Today, it stands as a testament to the artistic and technical skill of the architects.
More than just a relic of a bygone era, the abbey is open each day from May through September. Even if you're not interested in sitting in on mass, guided tours are available or you can explore the intricate work by yourself.
There are a number of other highlights of Mont Saint-Michel, including Logis Tiphaine, a 15th century home that has since been turned into a museum.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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