There’s actually a place called Castle in the Clouds back in New Hampshire, not too far from where I grew up. I’ve never been, but friends have said it’s a beautiful spot, and many a wedding has been held there.
But the French version of Castle in the Clouds is a whole different creation. I apply this nickname to Mont Saint-Michel not because of its placement on a mountain or its height, but because of its proximity to the famously capricious weather that surrounds this island of a castle off the coast of Normandy. While visiting the landmark just after Christmas 2012, I saw the castle go from being outlined on a grey, overcast sky, to being drenched in sun with a blue-sky backdrop, back to grey and growing darker as impending rain approached.
Here are some of my favorite shots from this visit (though they are few, because my camera settings were off that day):
If you’re interested in visiting or seeing some far better pictures of this castle than the ones I’ve put up, check out the official site for Mont Saint Michel, here.