Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France
Don’t get caught by the tide
The view of Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel in 2008
Nine years later, we thought we would go for a similar approach…..oh definitely not, gone are the days whereby you just park up nearby and wander along the causeway.
It’s now park and ride or park & horse and cart – your choice, but the horse ride you pay for.
The causeway to Mont-Saint-Michel
A useful guide
We love visiting France and each region so different from one another. I find the DK Eyewitness Guides really helpful in planning a trip and so often find interesting little snippets of info.
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We jump out and take in the splendour of the rocky island, and the Benedictine Abbey perched high above, then as we look across the bay, we saw a pilgrimage making their final steps before entering the mount.
I said to Gary “we’ve picked a busy day”!
Close up to Mont-Saint-Michel
Take a supply of water, you’ll need it, and it’s a little pricey beyond the ramparts.
As you head up through the lanes, you can catch glimpses of the stunning landscape beyond.
But this is nothing to what you will see from the top.
A busy Grande Rue
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The walk up Grande Degre
The Gilded copper
Mont-Saint-Michel is free to stroll around and admire the views, but in my opinion, it is worth the price to visit the Benedictine Abbey.
Looking down on birds
A view over the causeway
A view from the Mont
Waiting for the sermon
One of favourites ways to kick off our trips is to let Brittany Ferries take the strain, sit back, relax and go with the flow. Enjoy a little bit of France as you sail directly into Caen in the heart of Normandy.
Or alternatively jump on Le Shuttle and tour through France under your own steam.
Inside the Abbey
Enjoy the view
Along the Ramparts
Where were the crowds?
Rue or Ramparts?
We chose to take the Grande Rue up and the ramparts down, we found it gave us better opportunity to admire the views.
It makes you grateful for the time and effort that’s invested in preserving these wonderful landmarks.
Birds circling below the abbey
I honestly think it was just bad timing on our part when we arrived as wandering back along the historic walls it was much quieter.
The Abbey and rooftops
The Tower and the Flag
Looking down on Grande Rue
St Michael’s Mount
Back 2002 Gary and I visited Mont-Saint-Michel’s little brother in the UK, St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, another unique tidal islet.
St Michael Mount, Cornwall
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It is a wonderful place to visit, and the views from the top are great on a clear day.
We visited from Caen which was a 160 mile/260km trip that took around 90 minutes each way. However, there are other places closer in both Normandy & Brittainy. You can even stay in Mont Sant Michel, the choice is yours.
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Gorgeous pics! I’ve been to Le Mont Saint-Michel a couple of times and each time, it was a treat. We lucked out with the crowds.
Thanks very much, yes it certainly is a lovely place, particularly wandering around the ramparts. It’d be lovely in the evening after the crowds have gone.
Love Mont Saint Michel, we visited last year and stayed within walking distance so we could visit at our leisure. Laurence got some great photos there and we were very lucky with the weather. Yes, definitely worth going inside and seeing the inside of the abbey! We were actually just in Normandy again over the weekend 😉
That sounds so cool, where did you stay? We think next time we’d like to stay close by because getting some shots first thing, or later at night would be great.
Where can we see Laurence’s shots from the visit? We’ve had a quick peek on your site, but we may have missed them (Saw that you’d also been along the canal Saint Martin in Paris though, we did that in our pre-blogging life)
Where in Normandy did you visit over the weekend? We love the region, and know we’ll be back sometime..
Janis & Gary