Avranches is where a collection of manuscripts from Mont St Michel was deposited during the French Revolution. A museum houses the collection and we intended to visit the Scriptorial when in Avranches but it was Monday and the Scriptorial is closed on Mondays!
You can see Mont St Michel in the distance in this next photo, taken from the Botanical Gardens. The botanical gardens were founded in the grounds of the former Franciscan convent in the late 18th century.
The gardens were beautiful and we enjoyed a picnic lunch there, we didn’t see this sign until on our way out!
The major church, Notre Dame des Champs,was visited instead of the Scriptorial and we were not disappointed by it.
This particular church had an unusual collection of gargoyles including this guy in a top hat.
We also visited a smaller church where we found displayed the skull of Saint Aubert complete with a hole where supposedly the archangel Michael’s finger had pierced it, more likely early trepanning!
While wandering through the town I spied one of the beautiful shop front signs that can be found across France. This one was obviously for a photographic studio.