On a clear day JD Salinger saw forever (well Mont St. Michel)

J.D Salinger in Mortain, France?
J.D Salinger in Mortain, France?
La Petite Chapelle Saint-Michel…perched high on a rocky spur near the town  of Mortain in Normandy. What makes this little chapel so special and worth a visit?
  1. Once you’ve walked along the peaceful path, enclosed in some leggy trees (good for hide and seek), you reach the small chapel and from it you have panoramic views across Normandy and over to Brittany.
  2. Yes, on a clear day you look right up the straight road to the coast and to the magical silhouette of the Mont St. Michel.
  3. Inside there are some lovely stain glass windows…including one of Saint Michel.
  4. The chapel is a good place to stop and remember that it was on this site in August 1944 that a fierce battle was fought between the Germans and Americans (the 30th Infantry Division who were heavily outnumbered). After six nights, the Americans won.
  5. The battle of Mortain marked a key failure of the Germans to counter the American breakout, consequent to Operation Cobra.
  6. Author J.D. Salinger, then a member of the 4th Infantry Division, is believed to have been at the battle of Mortain as his unit was briefly attached to the 30th Infantry Division. Perhaps the themes of alienation and rebellion of  Catcher in the Rye…were inspired by this? But perhaps not…another excuse to re-read it I think…and another good literary link (Salut!)

More reading…via the 30th Infantry

La Petite Chapelle, Mortain, France
La Petite Chapelle, Mortain, France
View from La Petite Chapelle to the coast and Mont St. Michel
View from La Petite Chapelle to the coast and Mont St. Michel
The path leading to La Petite Chapelle
The path leading to La Petite Chapelle

Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 16.21.17

2 thoughts on “On a clear day JD Salinger saw forever (well Mont St. Michel)

  1. I truly love your website.. Great colors & theme.

    Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own blog and would like to learn where you
    got this from or exactly what the theme is named.
    Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s