The Notre-Dame-Des Champs is connected to the Jardin des Plantes, from which you can glimpse the Mont Saint Michel. Despite its solid appearance, the church was actually built in the 19th century and partially destroyed by the bombing in 1944, in which it was repaired in the later years. Towering steeples, the building includes the horizon, in the area marked by the religious history (the bishop of Avranches ordered the construction of the Saint-Michel!).
The Saint Gervais Basilica was constructed in the 17th century, but its present bell, which is really quite beautiful, dates back to the late 19th century. The basilica is not only an interesting place to go because of its architecture, but also for the "treasure" which houses all kinds of objects from the early twentieth century the clergy of the basilica were piling liturgical , which today can be considered works of art or archaeology. It's interesting to see!
Patton Square, which is just north of the Avranches city center, has its own special monument: a massive spine that's erected skyward in tribute to General Patton who was one of the heroes of World War II who participated in the liberation of place. The tank, historical piece, participates in the reminder, in a square completely rebuilt after the bombings of the war. Well, for the hungry, a pizza pretty good in this square!
To go to visit the Mont St Michel, I decided to stay in the village of Avranches: a great decision which I do not regret! Avranches is a city connected to the Mont and its abbey, as the bishop of Avranches who ordered and organized the building of the abbey of Mont. In Avranches there is the "Scriptorial" museum with manuscripts of the monks of Mont St Michel, with a few that are centuries old! The city is organized around its 4 churches and basilicas, another sign of its historical-religious history. But also this city's recent history, with the destruction of part of the center by the bombings of WWII, and its liberation by General Patton. Also, for those who want to eat well or go out for a beer, Avranches has many restaurants of all types (French, Asian, Italian, ...), and some bars, plus the basics: supermarket, shops, post , banks, cinema, etc ... A 20-minute drive from Mont St Michel, (Sundays care no bus to Mont St Michel, special trains in summer), a good place to stop for discovering the region!
The Les Plantes Garden was created in the late 19th century in typical French style. It was built in order to present different types of trees and plants, a goal it still strives to achieve. Here you will find interpretive signs (in French) at the same time to be walking through the small malls, to the point that will allow panoramic see on the horizon the famous Mont Saint Michel (if they are lucky and not blurring the horizon!). A walk to relax and enjoy some of the panorama of the Bay of Mont!
If you're going to be headed towards the Scriptorial (or, the museum of manuscripts of Mont Saint Michel), you'll find it easy to quickly climb up the tower and ancient castle of Avranches from the 11th century, to admire the city from a point of easy access. Its stairs, open or through the wall, allow indeed reach a small garden, and highest at the top of the tower, watching the 4 churches erect their towers around the city. pd: dropped my camera and the pictures came out pretty ruined ... have to take my word regarding the quality of the place!
The Liberties Bar is one of the few places in Avranches animated night. It obviously has beer because it is an Irish pub, and it also serves all the typical drinks and cocktails.. The half liter costs 4.20. What a treat! Occasionally there is a group playing live music, and beyond that the music is varied and good. Couches and numerous tables are spread around downstairs. You can sit comfortably there, have a beer, play cards, or just chat!
For those in their twenties to forties: O'Baray bar is THE place to be in the small town of Avranches. It has an island decor, cheap prices and a big screen to watch football games. This small bar has become a magnet for those who want to go out and have drinks and fun in this part of Normandy.