Our third stop in Normandy (actually a little over the line into Brittany) was the Château Richeux, a 1920s villa with eleven guest rooms outside of Cancale. The chateau is very nice but the real reason for staying here was to eat at its Michelin-stared restaurant, le Coquillage. Here are some photos of the Château and grounds.
I made reservations for dinner our first night at the same time I made our room reservations months before. This was probably the fanciest meal we had during the entire trip, including Paris. I understand to be awarded a Michelin star, everything has to click: the food, the wine, the service, and the overall ambiance of the place. In the case of Restaurant le Coquillage, it all came together perfectly. The photos really don’t do the meal justice but it’s fun seeing them again.
We could see Mont St-Michel across the bay from our window so the next day we set out to become two of the millions of other tourists who visit the site annually. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared in 709 to Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on what was then called Mont Tombe. The original church was completed in 1144 but construction continued over the next seven centuries.
Once on the island, there is only one main street which has all the hotels, restaurants, trinket shops, and tourists.
But one can always find some quiet spots.
We took a detour through one of the ‘museums’ that provided a glimpse into the life of people that lived here centuries ago.
The buildings and history of the place combine to provide some great photo opportunities. Here are some random shots as we wandered about.
If you were wondering how all that stone and other supplies were moved uphill during the middle ages, here’s the answer.
And a couple of parting interior photos…
This look means ‘we have toured enough and it is time to go’.
To me, one of the nice things about traveling is discovering spots that aren’t tourist destinations. Mont St-Michel is certainly a can’t-miss stop but after spending the morning with the crowds, we decided to just drive around the countryside. Here are some photos from our route that took us on a little district road that followed the coast around the Cancale peninsula.
And so ends our last day in Normandy and Brittany before leaving tomorrow for Paris.