Mont Saint-Michel

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  • Day135

    St Michael's Mount

    October 19, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    This morning we walked about 6kms from Penzance to St Michael's Mount, a small tidal island in Mount's Bay. The island is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water. It started out as a reasonable-looking day and progressively deteriorated into a windy rainy one. By the time we walked back across the causeway anything not covered by our raincoats was drenched! We dragged our dripping bodies into a warm dry restaurant and filled our stomachs - always a good solution. It was a great walk a fun as well!Read more

  • Day7


    September 24, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Heute war ein wunderbarer Tag. Mir war zwar dauernd unterschiedlich warm, aber ansonsten lief alles ohne Komplikationen.
    Mein Tag hat wieder gegen sieben angefangen. Gegen zwanzig nach acht hab ich das Haus verlassen und bin dieses Mal alleine zur Schule gelaufen. Da hab ich dann mit den deutschen Schülern auf den Bus gewartet, der uns zum Mont-Saint-Michel genommen hat. Auf der Fahrt hab ich mich ein bisschen weiter informiert über den Berg. Ich weiß jetzt dementsprechend, dass ein Bischoff einer nahegelegenen Stadt im Jahr 708 eine Erscheinung vom Erzengel Michael hatte, in der er angehalten wurde ein Kloster auf dem Felsen im Ärmelkanal zu bauen. Das hat er dann auch irgendwann getan, aber erst ab dem 11. Jahrhundert hat der Berg richtig angefangen zu ‚wachsen‘.
    Das und andere Kleinigkeiten durfte ich den Schülern mitteilen, nachdem wir nach dem Schulbus einen anderen kleinen genommen hatten, der uns zum Fuß des Berges gebracht hat und nachdem wir die Stufen hochgestiegen sind zum Kloster. Vor der wirklichen Führung haben wir gepicknickt, aber dann waren wir die nächste Zeit in dem Kloster, der zugehörigen Kirche und anderen Räumlichkeiten. Ich fand wir haben uns alle gut benommen.
    Am Ende der Führung hatten alle ein bisschen Freizeit. Wir haben die für Crêpes und Kaukau genutzt in einem wunderschönen Café mit Aussicht aufs Meer.
    Irgendwann haben wir alle Schüler wieder eingefangen und haben die Busse nach Hause genommen. Dieses Mal hab ich dann gelesen.
    Wieder an der Schule haben wir auf die französischen Schüler gewartet und sind dann alle langsam nach Hause gegangen.
    Das hier zu schreiben jetzt etwas länger gedauert, weil ich nur eine Hand frei habe, was auf dem letzten Bild erklärt wird.
    Heute war wunderschön und auch echt warm - teilweise. Ich freu mich auf morgen aber alles geht viel zu schnell vorbei. Egal ich genieß es in vollen Zügen - na ja Bussen heute - ha ha...
    Euch noch einen schönen Abend und bis morgen!
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  • Day47

    Mont-Saint-Michel: An Island Abbey

    June 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    This Benedictine Abbey is dedicated to St Michael, the archangel. It is an island, connected to the land when the tide is out. It was a Sunday, so lots international bus tours and other people were visiting the area. They get many more during the middle of the tourist season. We used the Park & Ride system and the shuttle dropped us off pretty close. We walked up through the village of hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops that have been there since pilgrims started coming. About 26 people live on the island, running the businesses. Great views from on high.Read more

  • Day47

    The Abbey

    June 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Mont-Saint-Michel was converted into a prison during the Revolution, so many artifacts have been lost. But it is still magnificent. We heard a group of seven college students singing acapella in one of the chapels off the sanctuary. They faced the concave surface of the chapel and their voices resonated throughout the cathedral. It was beautiful, and so refreshing to see young people with a spiritual connection, since we don’t see a lot of that in Europe. A lot of people were listening and making videos.Read more

  • Day3

    Day 3-Bayeux to Mont St Michel, 20 miles

    April 18, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    (plus 75 miles by train!)

    Slight cheat day today. After relaxed morning in Bayeux the train was boarded after lunch (banana and Nutella crepes are my new favorite thing) for the 2 hour journey to Pontorson and then short ride to Mont St Michel. For anyone who has not been this is a must. Turns out it's the third most visited tourist attraction on France and you can see why. An Abbey built on a rock that gets cut off by the sea twice a day. After popping up the during the day and wandering around I went back after dinner for the sunset and for anyone that knows me im a sucker for a sun set.

    The big bonus for me today is Mont St Michel will be the 'Grand Depart' for Le Tour this year. Might not mean much to many people but to any cyclist this was a big box ticked.

    Inbetween I checked into my guesthouse a couple of miles in land in Beauvoir. Lovely place and Claude the host was very welcoming even if I wasn't sure what eye to look at!

    Great day and will be getting a few more trains to see more things as so easy and cheap. England could learn a thing or two.
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  • Day47

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    June 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    The highlight, of course, is the Abbey at the top of the mountain. It is amazing to look at the sheer size of it and to think of how they built it. They hauled the rock from the archipelago quarries by barge at high tide. They winched the stones up the mountain using 6 men walking on a “gerbil wheel”, then cut the stones precisely and laid them on a pointed mountain. First they had to make a base around the point, and build it up from there. It was built in the 11th-13th centuries, and then in the 14th century it was fortified for the 100 years war. Because it resisted all English assaults, it is France’s symbol of National identity.Read more

  • Day47

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel tour

    June 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Our admission included a tour, which gave lots of information and showed us things we might not have found on our own. With all the tour groups, it was hard to hear her at times, but we still learned a lot. She said they get a lot of Japanese tour groups, and we certainly saw that. We are thankful that this monument was not damaged in the war, and that the French government is preserving it.

    We also saw a performance of medieval music and dance in a courtyard.
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  • Day5


    June 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

    Mont-St-Michele is going to be a great place to visit, but it will be even better because both of my kids will be with me for father's day for the first time in 4 years. Michelle and I always enjoy that, regardless of what day it is.
    Abbie got me a watch with a picture of the two of us after our sky diving event. She also had the back engraved with "You Are My Sunshine," our song together. Adam sent something to the house but it arrived the day after we left so father's day is going to stretch out for me.
    Mont-Saint-Michel is an Abbey built on a massive rock island just off of the coast into the English channel. Construction began in the early 10th century if not before. Some say it originated in the 1st century. By the 15th century, the Abbey and surrounding village had taken up every inch of the island.
    After the French revolution, when the religious community was dissolved, the Mont was used as a prison and it easily thwarted several military attacks, and once look at it, you can easily see why.
    It is the most amazing man made thing I have ever seen. This scene is the kind of place that theme. parks try to mimic. The main path up today is modern with restaurants and retail, but I can imagine how that same market place must have looked in past centuries.
    The walk to the top was quite physical, but well worth it. If Michelle and I are ever fortunate enough to return here, we will spend the night in one of the hotels beneath the Abbey so that we can experience it without the crowds. That would be my one complaint. The tour buses are flowing through here, but with good reason. If you stay overnight, after the busses leave, you are still able to tour the place, minus the Abbey, with more solitude. I will end this note like I started it. It was amazing.
    I'm amazed at how this edifice was made with no modern equipment. One of the coolest things about this place is the contraption that was built to move food and supplies up to the prisoners. It was basically a hamster wheel that people would walk in, and a mixture of wheels and pulleys would move a giant sled up and down the side of the Abbey wall.
    We left here in the late afternoon and drove several hours to a town called Amboise a little south of Paris. It seems every little town in France is just as cute as can be. We're checked into the Novatel, which appears to be fairly new and headed out for dinner. The city center is just off the Loire river and the architecture of the old buildings here are pretty cool.
    When I picture what it is like eating in France, this is it. Small restaurants lined up along a narrow road with people eating outside in conversation. We ate at L'Ambacia and we all had fish and chips except Adam. It may be the best meal I've had yet. After we stopped in for some gelato before we headed back to the hotel for some badly needed rest.
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  • Day15

    Mont St Michel

    August 10, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    You can see from a distance that this is a magical village. But the closer you get, more and more people you meet. We had no idea what were we getting into. It gets to the point when you can't even move because so many people are there. It is an icon for sure and we are happy we saw Mont St. Michel. A unique place for sure.Read more

  • Day11

    Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    September 20, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    Unser letzter richtiger Tag in Frankreich beginnt am heutigen Tag mit einem Ausflug zur Festung Le Mont-Saint-Michel, einer Pilgerstätte des Jakobsweges und UNESCO Weltkulturerbe.
    Aus der Ferne können wir schon die bebaute Insel aus dem Meer herausragen sehen. Es wirk surreal aber zugleich monumental und mächtig.
    Mit uns drängen sich Menschenmassen durch die schmalen Gassen. Es ist wie so oft, aus der Ferne sieht man mehr als wenn man direkt drin ist 😊
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Mont Saint-Michel, Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Mont-Saint-Michel, جبل القديس ميشيل, Mont Sankt-Mişel, Мон Сен Мишел, Menez Mikael ar Mor, Μον-Σαιν-Μισέλ, Monto Sankta Mikaelo, Monte Saint-Michel, مون سن-میشل, מון-סן-מישל, Մոն Սեն Միշել, Le Mont Saint Michel, ル・モン=サン=ミシェル, Kastil Mont Saint Michael, მონ-სენ-მიშელი, Ле-Мон-Сен-Мишель, 몽생미셸 섬, Mons Sancti Michaelis, Sen Mišelio kalnas, Monsenmišela, Mont Saint Miché, ماؤنٹ سینٹ مائیکل, Мон-Сен-Мишель, มง-แซ็ง-มีแชล, Мон-Сен-Мішель, 勒蒙圣米舍

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