Avranches Travel Guide

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Avranches Things to Do

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    Man of the hour 2 more images

    by Segolily Updated May 29, 2008

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    We were on a quest. If it had to do with Patton we would stop. And so we came to this town to see the monument erected in honor of the man who was a hero to so many. It was in Avranches, in Aug '44 that he was able to finally come into battle at the head of the Third Army. From here the Third Army took three different paths, Patton at the head of the one headed east. The monument was easy enough to find. It was a little harder to find a place to park in order to visit it. But we felt it was a good monument to a fine general and we were glad we stopped.

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    Saint-Gervais, a smaller variant of the cathedral

    by Pavlik_NL Written Nov 9, 2007

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    Another famous story that plays in Avranches, is the one of the penetance of King Henry th second of England, after he murdered Thomas Becket in 1192 (May 11th). The abbot of Mont-Saint-Michel made him walk through the streets of Avranches barefoot and bareheaded, thus to loose the heavy guilt that had come over his shoulders. In this time this happened in front of the former cathedral, of which now-a-days only the ruines can be visited in Avranches.

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Nov 9, 2007

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    The cathedral of Avranches was a famous building that originally datedback to the 10th century. Sadly enough, nothing remained after the French Revolution and one also did not rebuilt it again. It was however the bishop of Avranches that ordered Mont-Saint-Michel to b built, after he was visited by Archangel Michael. The legend says that after previous visits of the Archangel, the bishop did not act by starting the construction and Michael had to spur the bishop on by touching him on the head with his finger and pointing a hole in his skull by doing so. The skull with the hole in it, can still be seen in Saint-Gervais church, in the centre of Avranches.

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    by BerniShand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The restraunt was very pleasant and airy, the food was very good and well presented

    Favorite Dish: I had steak with green peppercorn sauce, it was perfectly cooked and delicious

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Avranches Off The Beaten Path

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    by Segolily Written May 29, 2008

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    Just south of Avranches is the bridge made famous by a three star general who got out of his jeep and directed traffic so that the three divisions bottle-necked there could get across in a timely manner. It must have been a lively scene.
    We got off the N175, turned right and it was right there. A very stately and beautiful bridge in full operating condition still today over the Fleuve la Selune. And the sign at the parking lot of the little store on the corner was too good to pass up.

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