Attain the highest. Climb the 350 steps that separate us from the abbey, make your means by this crowd of holiday makers after which take the time to cease, to admire a flower backyard in the course of all these partitions. The Mont Saint Michel is the third most visited place in France. It attracts greater than 2.three million guests every year. So how to not really feel cramped in these alleys …
Jean comes out of his backyard, he has simply fed his chickens and is taking care to shut the gate correctly. Jean Lebrec is among the final inhabitants of the Mont. Together with the monks of the abbey, there are solely about twenty of them. He lives within the oldest home on the Mount, it dates from the 14th century. Between the ocean, the stone and the vacationers, it's a troublesome life. It’s a day by day wrestle to proceed residing right here, however above all, you should not inform him that he lives in a “museum” metropolis. Jean is an artist, a lover of Mont. So for nothing on this planet he wouldn’t go away. By the window of his residence, the immensity of the horizon and freedom is obtainable to him.
Right here is magnificence, we dwell within the sky, we have now the sky in entrance of our window, we’re amazed daily
After which once more these steps, this crowd and these alleys. Earlier than lastly reaching the abbey, which rises to 90 m in peak, a small door opens alongside the steps. That is the place the Brothers and Sisters of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem. At present there are solely 12 of them residing within the previous abbey residence, perpetuating the first vocation of this place: Prayer and Reception. They’ve supplied this non secular presence since 2001. State property, the abbey is managed by the Middle des monuments nationaux. For Sister Claire-Annaël, the Mont is a spot of distinction between isolation and freedom, a spot made to rise.
Right here we’re cramped to get to the purpose
“Going to the necessities, going through the vastness” is a dream that evokes women and men when they’re disadvantaged of liberties. Annick and Sabrina are incarcerated on the Rennes girls's jail. the time of a permission, they may be capable of cross freely the bay of Mont Saint-Michel …
Littoral, Mont-Saint-Michel, between confinement and freedom, It’s Saturday Might 16 at 11:30 am in Normandy and within the Pays de la Loire and Sunday Might 17 at 12:55 pm in Brittany