I have heard the mermaids singing…

Monday, July 14, 2014
mont saint-michel, france, normandy, weekend trip, beach, deb shops destroyed cuffed jeans, deb shops crochet hem tank, swallow's heart leather chevron necklace, baywatch, bay watch run

"I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each"- T.S. Eliot

This is the quote that comes to mind when I look at the above photos.  I just love mermaids.  The nice, sailor-saving, seashell bra-wearing, singing variety.  Not those gnarly, man-drowning harpies.  Anyway, I'm super proud of all of these snaps (especially those taken by Soldier Boy, who was clearly under the spell of some sort of mystical artistic being). 

I've wanted to go to Mont Saint-Michel since the summer of 2008.  I was studying abroad in Paris and had $800 to cover food, transportation, museums, school books, school supplies, school trips, etc.  I was broke.  And hungry (but I usually snagged bread and friends' leftovers if we were ever in a restaurant).  And when my parentally bankrolled friends spent their weekends at Disney Paris, Champagne country, the Cote d'Azure and Mont Saint-Michel, I decided to be content with Paris weekend life.  But I still wanted to explore.  

Luckily for me, I have reached a point where I am able to go see more bits and pieces of the world.  After a long drive from Germany through "Paris" and on to Normandy, Soldier Boy wasn't immediately thrilled with the idea of yet another day trip (read, more time for him to drive (since his car is his baby and I'm not allowed to drive it)), but when we arrived, a mere hour after leaving our hotel, he was charmed.  

How could you not be charmed by this place?  It's a giant medieval abbey/fortress/village on a hunk of land that is sometimes almost completely surrounded by water.  Aside from the gelato shops and kebab stands… and tourist trap museums… and souvenir shops, this piece of land is largely frozen in time.  

During the chunk of days we were out in this part of the world, the tide wasn't really doing anything spectacular.  It was very low when we arrived and we got to walk out in the sand, turned clay, turned sand again, turned clay so we got to walk way out away from the MSM and give our feet a nice clay mask before traipsing through the crowds (and crowds, and CROWDS) of tourists and up to the abbey.  By the time we made it to the top, the tide came in a bit and pictures that had been doodled in the sand by other wanderers were washed away as the moon pulled the water back to sea and the sand was once again a clean slate.  

Funny story about the photo ^ there: SB told me to run like Baywatch in slow motion and as I did, my strapless bra managed to fall down… which may or may not explain the look of pure joy on my face. 












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26 comments :

  1. LOVE all the pics! Such joy in all of them. The Hubby and I need to see this place!

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  2. really pretty pictures!

    http://www.sarahprowse.co.uk/

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  3. your pictures are BEAUTIFUL and I really wanted to visit there last year! Someday, someday...

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  4. Wow, this pictures are incredible!! I love your outfit too :))

    Kisses, Kali
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  5. That's such a lovely quote, & I love mermaids as well :) These photos are so beautiful! I love your outfit, it's so simple but so pretty! <3 Looks perfect for the beach.

    lots of love, Dana Carmella

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  6. LOVE. Beautiful photos as always!

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  7. These pictures are beyond amazing! So, so beautiful!

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  8. Gorgeous shots!

    SSSx
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  9. This is FANTASTIC!! That is the coolest place I have ever seen... I would love to visit someday. Adorable photos! :)

    xo, Bekka
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  10. I'm always a beach lover, so the scene's fantastic 2 me. The castle behind looks awesome. I love ur outfit for the day as well, casual and very suitable for going 2 the beach. Hope u'll have a great week xx

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    Lenny

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  11. Fabulous pictures! You look great! What a beautiful place to take pictures!

    xx,
    La Joie de Vivre by Alecia Mariana
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  12. Oh lovely photos! Loving your wedges!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. Gorgeous photos! And it looks like you had the beach all to yourself, that must have been so nice! I was just at a beach yesterday that had more rocks than sand. I definitely prefer sand.

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  14. I'm loving how I'm getting to see such cool pieces of Europe through your posts!! And this is such a gorgeous spot- I actually think it's pretty cool that the tide was down because you got to get such fun pictures. And I totally laughed at the bra incident- who wouldn't be elated after being set free haha!

    And a million times yes for cupcake atms and thrifting when you get back :D

    xo marlen
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  15. that castle is so ridiculous, it looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. beautiful photos.
    -alexis

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  16. Wow. What a great place. I love to go there someday. :)
    rinx
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  17. WOW! This place goes to my bucketlist instantly! Great pictures!

    xo!

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  18. I laughed so hard at your "bra story", it happens a lot with me ahah beautiful photos! <3

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  19. amazing these pictures make us wanna cry so free and loving and truelly genuine !!

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  20. Love this post!

    You looked like you had a genuinely fabulous time and wore a very reasonable and fashionable ensemble which was practical enough for the day's tourist-y activities at Mont Saint Michel.

    Sasha
    http://www.sashabowmanshops.com/blog

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  21. Love the photos! Looks like a wonderful place. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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