Watching the Tide Come in on Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont Saint Michel is a "sublime thing, a marvelous pyramid"... or so said the romantic, Victor Hugo. The granite outcropping in the bay attracted monks looking to get away from it all as far back as the eighth century. Wind your way up through the medieval town to the top of the abbey and ponder one of the most drastic tides in the world as it gallops in. Up to 15 meters separate the ebb and flow of water. When the tide is out, you can explore the sandy flats that surround the Mont (with a guide, please, unless you want to get sucked into quicksand or out to sea). When the tide rushes in, it's water, water everywhere. In keeping with the French tradition of unleashing deliciousness from the forces of nature, the area is also renowned for its local lamb that feeds on the salty marsh grass.