Amber- The doors of France


While we all turn our gaze upward to appreciate many of the gems of France—Mont St. Michel’s abbey, the Eiffel Tower—I have been drawn to the doors at various locations we have visited. Taking a close look at them and comparing the size, color, and decoration of each helped me gain a better understanding of the flavor of each spot.

These, for example, are the doors to the Bayeux Cathedral.  We were all struck by the sheer size of the cathedral and some of us spent our first night of the trip circling the building and taking pictures. The church was the central visual element of the town, and the huge red doors make it stand out even more to passersby.

Our next visit was to Mont St. Michel, an island featuring an 11th century abbey. While it is a major tourist attraction, the abbey is inhabited by monks…

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