After creating A Song Of Kings And Queens (inspired by Game Of Thrones and medieval times) and after creating A Tale Of Knights And Ladies, I have really come to love the medieval feel. Even more so because of our latest trip to France. We went to Normandy and we visited Le Mont-Saint-Michel, the second most visited place in France. It’s a small island in the ocean, accessible from the main land through a bridge and it has a small town and an amazing old monument that was once a church, then an abbey and later even a prison. There is only one narrow alley in the small village that leads up to the abbey, and it reminded me of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter. Let me show you some pictures:
The museum shop had so many gorgeous gifts and gadgets and many of those were medieval themed. We ended up buying a beautiful compass in a cute leather box. Everything was rather expensive…
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is not the only place we visited, we also went to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, and we saw the famous Bayeux tapestry. The tapestry is 70 m long and depicts the Norman conquest of England by William, duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeux museum shop was just as tempting! Embroidered cushions, medieval themed toys, gargoyle keyhangers, renaissance journals… I left with an embroidered purse that depicts one of the scenes from the tapestry, but I could have bought the entire shop.
What’s so funny is that we have seen the TV show ‘Vikings’ and in that story, Rollo is one of the main characters. Rollo is the brother of Ragnar Lothbrok and Rollo married a French princess and that was in Normandy where later he became king. ‘King Rollo’ was mentioned in the audio guide that told us the story of the tapestry, and William, duke of Normandy, was related to King Rollo. So you see, watching ‘Vikings’ is good for your knowledge of history LOL.
Have a great day,