In my opinion, the greatest thing about the tidal island of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy is the magnificent vista that greets you upon arrival. It is a Wow! moment! The narrow streets within the walls of the village are probably very enjoyable with their small shops and restaurants, when they are not packed to the rim with people, as they were this particular August day. It was very hard to get away from the crowds, and for a person who enjoys somewhat less travelled roads, it was a little bit too much. However, the “concept” of a single village covering a whole island is fascinating, and the beautiful view of an abbey straddled isle warrants a drive-by.