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Jul 23, 2016 - St Malo to Mont St Michel

Today was a big day. We went to Mont St Michel. This particular area of France is called the foodland of France. It grows almost 70% of all of its vegetables, dairying, eggs, lamb etc. The ground looks very fertile and there are farms everywhere with produce growing. "Rising from flat white sands, the abbey sits atop a small island encircled by stout ramparts and battlements, connected to the mainland by an old causeway. Legend has it that the abbey was founded in the 8th century, when Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, was visited by the...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Mont St Michel

Mont Saint Michel is one of those bucket-list places - a UNESCO heritage site, and what a difference and yet not, from seeing it 15 years ago. The French are restoring the old abbey site to allow the restoration of the estuary that was being destroyed by the road that had been installed for access. Now, a raised walkway and road are being installed to allow the tide to flow freely again. There is free transport from mainland parking (though parking is not free - ha) and is quite efficient. Luckily for us, it is off-season and it is not as...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Normandie dag 2 i Mont St. Michel

Først til slutt. Tenkte å legge inn film, men den var altfor stor og for høy kvalitet for denne hjemmesiden. Så da blir det dessverre ingen bilder eller film akkurat nå. Vi våknet tidlig på Omaha Campingplass. Vi dusjet og spiste frokost. Så gikk turen tilbake til Bayoux. Der var Elena innom en forretning som drev med broderier. Så var vi innom Notre Dame katedral i Bayoux. En veldig fin og vakker kirke, samme som byen Bayoux. Så satt vi retning tilbake mot Omaha Beach og stedet Point de Hoc som Rangers prøvde å komme seg opp den 6. juni....

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May 10, 2013 - le Mont St Michel

After lunch we continued our drive down the coast to Mont St Michel. This monument is a world heritage site and probably one of the most photographed sites in France. Building was begun in 708 after Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches (a nearby town) had 3 dreams in which St Michael appeared to him. It is built on a rock that is situated on a flat plain, that would be completely surrounded by water when the tide came in. There is a causeway to the island now, so access is not limited to walking out at low tide. The sand is very dangerous –...

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Aug 23, 2012 - Mont St Michel World Heritage Site

Mont St Michel - World Heritage Site We set out with great anticipation for Mont St Michel. This famous and stunning World Heritage Site is on the coast of Normany, a stone's throw from Brittany. We got an early start because we had been told that high tide was at 11:30am and we would not be able to access the island after 9:30 am. We arrived at the base of the causeway to the island at 9 am after a 1 1/2 hour drive. The reality is that the tidal flow has been altered so much by human intervention that water never crossed the roadway. Mont...

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Aug 18, 2012 - Le Mont Saint Michel / Pontorson area

So, it's now early Saturday morning and I'm off to Mont Saint Michel Abbey near Pontorson. After a 2 hour train ride, sitting on a jump seat which wasnt pleasant, I arrived at the train station. Had to wait 50mins for the bus. Uh, it's only 6miles from station to the abbey and my hotel was in walking distance to it. Well, checked in with no problems around 1230pm, showered, grabbed some quick computer time and off I went. Oh yeah, it was laundry day and clothes don't dry fast inside a hotel. Hopefully they will be dry by tomorrow. The walk...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Mont St-Michel

  • After our Versailles visit and on our way to Mont St-Michel, we spent an overnight at another France Passion location. This time it was a creperie called Sucre Sale'.
  • We parked in their little parking lot and enjoyed a delicious meal inside the little restaurants. We had Gallettes for dinner. A gallette is a sort of main dish crepe. Jose had one filled with scallops, mussels and shrimp. Mine had salmon with herbs. Both fillings had a light cream sauce of some sort and they came with a little salad on the side. They were...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Mont-St-Michel

Today was to turn out to be a real treat. On the advice of the lady who owns the hotel, we decided on a sightseeing trip to visit the abbey of Le Mont-Saint-Michel (http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/en/histoire.htm). Words can't really describe the sheer scale of the abbey and the village surrounding it. Suffice to say that its big, and grand, and imposing, and beautiful. It's easy to see why it was listed as a world heritage sight by UNESCO. If you get the chance, go and see it. After our evening meal (another gastronomic triumph from a...

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European adventure

Dec 15, 2010 - Mont-St-Michel

Today was to turn out to be e real treat. On the advice of the lady who owns the hotel, we decided on a sightseeing trip to visit the abbey of Le Mont-Saint-Michel (http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/en/histoire.htm). Words can't really describe the sheer scale of the abbey and the village surrounding it. Suffice to say that its big, and grand, and imposing, and beautiful. It's easy to see why it was listed as a world heritage sight by UNESCO. If you get the chance, go and see it. After our evening meal (another gastronomic triumph from a...

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Sep 28, 2010 - Bayeux

We write this journal from our upstairs little room, overlooking a garden courtyard in Bayeux. Dinner is a baguette and cheese with pear, Champagne and lovely French pastries. Today is a sad day of commemoration mixed with gratitude. We leave Honfleur early and the first stop is Sword Beach after passing miles of pastoral scenery. This is one of the five beached where the D-Day invasion began. The parking lot has a tour bus from England, and one from Germany – how apropos. The lush countryside is pockmarked with bunkers where the German...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel was too unbelievable to fully put into words. Imagine, driving along on the bus, nothing to see around you, when suddenly, in the distance looms a great island. A large church is sitting above a hill crowded with houses and stores below. Above the abbey, on the spire, glitters a hint of gold - the statue of Sainte Michel fighting and defeating a dragon. The island grows out if the fog as you drive closer to the island. This is what it was like to drive from the train station in Pontorsson to Mont St Michel. The entire town...

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Sep 14, 2009 - Deauville - Landing Beaches - Bayeux - Mont St Michel

First stop was the beaches where the allied troops landed more than 60 years ago. American Cemetery at Omaha - overwhelming - over 9,000 headstones - cemetery beautifully kept - somehow peaceful surrounded by bush while overlooking the beach & cliffs. The memorial features a 22 foot impressive statue "The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves". The visitor centre shows the significance and the meaning of Operation OVERLORD & honors the values & sacrifices of the World War 11 generation. Arromanches - remnants of the makeshift...

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