Mont Saint Michele – Normandy, France

Mont St. Michel is one of those places which, from all angles, simply looks fake – like it came out of a Disney movie or played a center role in one of the Lord of the Rings films.  Built upon a rock island just off the coast of Normandy in France, the former monastery-cum-prison-cum-monastery-cum-modern day tourist attraction is a small town in itself, perched amid a sandy bay which is void of water for many hours of the day until the high tide flows in.   High tide is posted on signs surrounding the area and cars need to move to higher land before they are swept up and brought out to sea.  It is simply magnificent.

It’s not a difficult place to get to, but not exactly easy either.  From Paris, you take the super-fast TGV for several hours to Rennes, where you then take a bus for the final 90-minute leg of the journey.   There are hotels a couple of kilometers from the rock, but it is perfectly do-able in a day.  Timing is such that you get back to Paris by 9:30pm and still get  4 or so hours to explore the “mountain”.  For those who have spent enough time in Paris to forgo another day at the Louvre, it makes for an excellent day-trip.   While I have seen far more majestic castles and churches in other parts of France, Prague and Scotland, the overall setting is here makes it the most magnificent that I have ever seen.

There is a full set of photos available on my Flickr, but here are a select few:

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

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