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Near the Mont St. Michel Bay

A quick trip with our friend Tom through northeastern Bretagne, near the bay of Mont St. Michel.
heading south out of Normandy, we stop at the ruins of Hambye abbey
heading south out of Normandy, we stop at the ruins of Hambye abbey
built in the 11th and 12th centuries...
built in the 11th and 12th centuries...
...the building was sold by the state after the Revolution...
...the building was sold by the state after the Revolution...
...and used as a stone quarry in the 19th-c., slowly becoming a skeleton
...and used as a stone quarry in the 19th-c., slowly becoming a skeleton
in the 1930s, graves of a 15th-c. couple who defended Mont St. Michel were found under the ruined floor
in the 1930s, graves of a 15th-c. couple who defended Mont St. Michel were found under the ruined floor
then in the 1950s a couple bought the abbey and land, and started preservation...
then in the 1950s a couple bought the abbey and land, and started preservation...
...which continues today
...which continues today
on to Mont Dol, a granite bubble in the low coastal plain...
on to Mont Dol, a granite bubble in the low coastal plain...
...on which a few stone structures look out over the bay and farmlands
...on which a few stone structures look out over the bay and farmlands
well, on a clear day, anyway
well, on a clear day, anyway
seems we won't be seeing Mont St. Michel today
seems we won't be seeing Mont St. Michel today
all the forests around here are filled with chestnuts
all the forests around here are filled with chestnuts
down in the village of Mont Dol, the 12th-century church awaits
down in the village of Mont Dol, the 12th-century church awaits
the stonework everywhere in this area is amazing...
the stonework everywhere in this area is amazing...
...even in the floor
...even in the floor
this church is known for its 12th and 14th-c. frescoes
this church is known for its 12th and 14th-c. frescoes
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102343.Lbhh6ArH.jpg but the 19th-century glass is also stirring
but the 19th-century glass is also stirring
outside, a memorial to US WWII airmen who died here a year before D-Day
outside, a memorial to US WWII airmen who died here a year before D-Day
then we visit nearby Dol-de-Bretagne, once the bishop's seat in Brittany
then we visit nearby Dol-de-Bretagne, once the bishop's seat in Brittany
half-timbered buildings abound in the old town...
half-timbered buildings abound in the old town...
...some of which were once owned by the Scottish House of Stuart...
...some of which were once owned by the Scottish House of Stuart...
...but there are architectural treasures all over town
...but there are architectural treasures all over town
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we are reminded that the bay of Mont St. Michel is the source for the mussels we eat in Paris!
we are reminded that the bay of Mont St. Michel is the source for the mussels we eat in Paris!
the cathedral was built in fortress style from the 12th to 16th centuries
the cathedral was built in fortress style from the 12th to 16th centuries
it has a large and elegant porch on one side
it has a large and elegant porch on one side
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inside, the decor has been revised occasionally...
inside, the decor has been revised occasionally...
...but here and everywhere in town, much of the antique survives
...but here and everywhere in town, much of the antique survives
the stonework continues to impress us...
the stonework continues to impress us...
...such as this 9.5m megalith outside of town! (it's behind Tom)
...such as this 9.5m megalith outside of town! (it's behind Tom)
Tom and Jay head into the chestnut woods to look for...
Tom and Jay head into the chestnut woods to look for...
...another megalithic structure, this time a funerary chamber
...another megalithic structure, this time a funerary chamber
legends tell of the beings who inhabited this 'house of fairies'
legends tell of the beings who inhabited this 'house of fairies'
Jay finds no fairies at home
Jay finds no fairies at home
curious shapes carved into the stones
curious shapes carved into the stones
even the historic marker is historic!
even the historic marker is historic!
now we are on to Dinan...
now we are on to Dinan...
...with its walled old city preserved on the banks of the Rance
...with its walled old city preserved on the banks of the Rance
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102391.ATTmU83T.jpg the clock and tower date from the late 15th century
the clock and tower date from the late 15th century
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102393.iaWb8FWU.jpg half-timbered buildings project over the streets...
half-timbered buildings project over the streets...
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102395.MEozkKrf.jpg t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102397.OvX48UVk.jpg St. Saviour's church was built starting in 1120...
St. Saviour's church was built starting in 1120...
...and portions of the original remain
...and portions of the original remain
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102399.6lLTfuRl.jpg this chapel gathered prayers of families for their sons sent to fight in the Great War
this chapel gathered prayers of families for their sons sent to fight in the Great War
outside, we pass thru the English Garden...
outside, we pass thru the English Garden...
...to take in the view down the Rance toward the Channel
...to take in the view down the Rance toward the Channel
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147102403.sYUezSdU.jpg back in Dol-de=Bretagne for dinner
back in Dol-de=Bretagne for dinner
the next day, the sky is finally clear enough to head for the bay...
the next day, the sky is finally clear enough to head for the bay...
...and at last, a good view of Mont St. Michel
...and at last, a good view of Mont St. Michel