France Christmas trip Part I: Etretat, Honfleur, Le Mont Saint-Michel

Our trip to France started with crossing the channel and driving to Etretat, most known for the white chalk cliffs - similar to the ones in Eastbourne and Dover in England.

 We didn't stay too long as you can see from this photo - a storm was approaching.

We didn't stay too long as you can see from this photo - a storm was approaching.

Next stop was at Honfleur. It is especially famous for it's old port, painted many times by a few artists including Claude Monet. I loved it's narrow streets and wooden houses - so many beautiful details!

Le Mont Saint-Michel is a place I wanted to visit for a long time. It is an island located 0,6 miles off the French coast. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 6th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. Nowadays more than 3 million people visit the island each year.

 A group of people slowly walking around the island. It may get quite dangerous as the tide can get very high.

A group of people slowly walking around the island. It may get quite dangerous as the tide can get very high.

Narrow cobbled streets and a population of just 50 people. 

 Same group as seen from Mont Saint-Michel.

Same group as seen from Mont Saint-Michel.

 Check out the shadow!

Check out the shadow!

 New bridge that connects the island with the mainland was opened very recently - in 2014.

New bridge that connects the island with the mainland was opened very recently - in 2014.