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Fairy Castle; Inspiration post

27 March 2010

This post is a little off the "random-eter"  but when I saw it I had to share.
I just find it totally inspirational. Have  you ever wondered what a fairy castle looks like?  This:

Did you know this actually exists- in. real. life.  It does, Mont Saint Michel, France.
I am dreaming of going there some day, along with being able to speak French fleuently...
(now you really know I am dreaming!), here are some more pictures.

(source) I am sure this is just Photoshopped but still, I MUST see this!

(source for this and the following images)

Don't you think this should have been in the Harry Potter movies!
Has anyone been there?  
Is it as lovely and dreamy as it seems?
Do you find this inspiring too?


Anonymous,  March 27, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

I have never been there but after seeing these photos I would love to go!

I have been to Ireland and it was just breath taking. I am going to England in June and I cannot *wait* to see some Castles!!

judi March 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

This is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to explore this castle...how cool to be surrounded by water too.
loved your random post. :)
~judi ;)

Laura Lynn March 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

The castles in Europe are beautiful. I have been to France but not this particular castle. Dreaming of going again and hitting the flea markets!

Tink March 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

Wow. Greg and I are going to go to France . . . someday . . . since that's where he served his mission. We are TOTALLY going to go there now - it's gorgeous!!!

Rachel March 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

Mont St. Michel is a magical place. When the water starts coming in with the tide late in the day, it's almost like someone flipped a switched and opened the floodgates. It's amazing...and I definitely recommend you see it someday!

The Arrrrrgalls March 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

Girl, I'm with you. When I saw it for the first time on Rick Steve's European Adventure, I knew I was a place for me. When the tide is down, you can walk out to it. That would be fun too! Hey check out my latest post. When I was typing it up, I knew you would appreciate it like me!! Let me know what YOU think! Love ya :->

Jackie March 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

I would love to go there! How beautiful! It definitely should have been in the Harry Potter movies.

Sonja @ Craft-Werk March 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

Beautiful, isn't it? Yes, I have actually been there. You can walk out to the island when the tide is out. There is a monastery on the island, hence the name "Mont Saint Michel". Incidentally there is also a lesser known "St. Michael's Mount" off the coast of England. It is exactly like the French one - a predominantly religious place. However, St. Michael's Mount is still lived in by the local Lord... Fairytale stuff, I agree.

If you want to see the real-live model for the Disney-Castle, you have to go to the South of Germany, though. "Neuschwanstein" is the name of the castle, built in the mid-19th century by a rather eccentric (read: crazy) Bavarian king called Ludwig II. Look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle

Le Chateau des fleurs March 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

I am From Paris...It's not too far but i live in the States now. Yes, it is beautiful. It is actually a village.
gros bisous

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy March 27, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

Jumped over from the Grover Woodworks blog. I have become a follower.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here March 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

Hubby and I went to Mont Saint Michel several years ago. It is a magical place and when the tide comes in it is amazing. We lost our rental car in the very large parking lot there. There were hundreds of other white Peugeot's parked there that day. We walked around the parking lot for over an hour until I spotted my red sweater in the back seat.

Katie March 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM  

I've been there and it IS just as beautiful as it looks. I was there in high school, and probably didn't appreciate it as much as I do now, but I still remember how it was like being in a different world.

erin March 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

I went a few years ago and it really is amazing. Beautiful narrow streets, tiny hidden gardens, and a wonderful church on top. There are even bed and breakfast places to stay on the island.

Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

It is beautiful there. The little village is sweet and the gardens are amazing.

thewaggonerfamily March 30, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

It is even better than the pics show! It is amazing and wonderful. I have been there and I speak fluent french. (9 years of French class and a Bachelors degree in French, not using it at all as a SAHM.) Do I win a prize? LOL.

Anne March 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

I've been there and it's even more amazing in person. Several others have mentioned that you can walk out when the tides are down (on a raised path), and the "island" is basically sitting in the middle of a sandy beach. The tide comes in VERY fast, but only every 12 hours. There's also a rock/island formation farther out called Devil's Rock that's said to be the spot where St. Michel battled the Devil and won. I was 16 when I was there, on the night of the equinox. After watching the sun set at 10:30pm my best friend, two other girls, and I decided that we wanted to walk out to Devil's Rock. The tide wasn't supposed to come in for another seven hours so we had plenty of time. To make a long story short, the area around Mont St Michel isn't actually a beach, but a national park type area, and you can't walk out to Devil's Rock without a guide. We met up with a tour guide and his group on our way out, and he was covered up to the knees in quicksand. Apparently he radioed the Coast Guard that we were out there unsupervised, and they sent a helicopter after us. Fortunately, I spoke fluent French and was able to smooth things out. My mother watched the whole thing unfold from the top of the monastery. She was NOT amused, but now it makes for a GREAT story! LOL (And I would like to add that there is open access to the beach area and no signs that say you can't walk out to Devil's Rock.)

Amanda March 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

That is just beautiful! I've never heard of this before and it's amazing!

Francisca R.,  March 31, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

I've been there too, it is really amazing beautifull! Coming from 'flat' Holland for me every 'Mont' (mountain) is amazing!
Did you know there is in England (in Cornwall) a similar place called St. Michael's Mount?
If you go to Mont Saint-Michel please take a day at least to experience the beauty.....

Annette @ Designs By A Rose April 1, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Wow! I've never been or even heard about it, but after seeing the pics...I think the hubs and I will have to plan a trip! Simply amazing!!!!

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