|Mont-Saint-Michel 3rd October 2009|
11" x 17", pencil and coloured pencils in Daler Rowney Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
I didn't climb to the top to the Romanesque Abbey (which has wonderful pointy bits), as my right ankle was making loud and painful protests at the time. I ducked into the little church on the way up - which offered a little bit of peace and quiet. Then I went up further but headed for one of the look-out areas. At which point I became completely entranced with the sand and the estuary. You can see photographs taken from the viewpoints on my Flickr site - Mont St. Michel set on Flickr. I watched a group of people who were right out on the sandbanks of the estuary.
|The view from the viewing platform |
at the rear of Mont St Michel
We visited three times - on Friday afternoon (which was when I stayed longest), Friday evening when we came back to see it lit up - a very spectacular sight from a distance and then again on Saturday morning.
On that occasion I stayed down in the car park, got into the back seat, opened the door and got out my sketchbook to sketch. The result is the sketch at the top.
You can see more of my drawings since I got back on my Making A Mark blog post today - From sketchbook to studio - which comments on the thinking and drawing process when I get back home.
I've yet to produce a more finished drawing that I'm happy with!
Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Plan Mont Saint Michel
There are also more links below which tell you more about the site below.
- Mont-Saint-Michel - official website
- France - National Monuments - Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
- UNESCO - World Heritage Site - Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay and its Bay
- Our Place - Mont-Saint-Michel page
- Wikipedia - Mont St Michel
- Wikitravel - Mont St Michel
- Official Mont St Michel website
- Our trip plans: 3rd October: Mont St. Michel