The abbey was founded in 1114 upon the site of a pagan sanctuary and it is one of the best examples of Norman Gothic architecture. This abbey was never destroyed neither rehandled in substantial way, introducing so a notable artistic uniformity.
The façade of the abbey is decorated with geometric motives that seem very modern if yous thought that It was made among 1080 and 1125.
The white aisle of the abbey is very bright and introduces imposing pillars that form stately arcades. Fantastic are the Romanesque capitals with figures of the Will. On the walls of the central tower you can see some images that remember the Rooster-Romanesque origin. Interesting the right chapel that has got residual of painting.
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.