Think of Normandy, and our minds wander to Operation Overlord, landing craft on the beaches and the beautiful French region’s role in World War Two. However, there is so much more to this picturesque area in northern France. Built in the 8th Century, Mont Saint-Michel sits less than a mile off the coast of Normandy and is one of France’s most recognisable landmarks. A sign of French resistance, it survived repeat English attacks during the Hundred Years’ war and attracts over 3 million people a year.
Residents of the Cornish town of Penzance may be familiar with the aesthetics of Mont Saint-Michel; the monastery was used as a blueprint for the popular UK seaside attraction of St Michael’s Mount.