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Jul 7, 2018 - Mont St. Michel

Friday was all driving. I checked out of the hotel at 8 a.m. in Andorra. Then, I took the next 30 minutes to try. To get my car out of the parking garage. The ramp getting out of the garage was only about 6 inches wider than my little Lemon. It was at a huge uphill incline and, of course, the Lemon is a manual transmission. All of that is do-able, but to get onto the ramp, you have to make a sharp 90 degree turn, also going uphill, with almost no more space to turn. The guy at the desk kept opening the door for me. It would lower about 30...

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PK to Europe 2018

Jun 19, 2016 - Mont Saint Michel

The trip from Paris to Mont Saint Michel is pretty easy. You board the train in Paris, switch in Rennes, disembark in pontorson and board the shuttle bus for the short ride to the Mont. There are some hotels on the Mont itself, but we opted for a hotel in the small village of Beauvoir, about half way between pontorson and the Mont. The hotel also had a restaurant and was very quiet. Pontorson is about 12 km from the Mont. The river Couesnon runs past pontorson and is one of the three coastal rivers that empties into Mont Saint Michel bay. A...

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Lavender's Travels

Sep 30, 2015 - Touring Mont St. Michel

Wednesday, September 30th, touring Mt. St. Michel We met our driver at the reception area for a 9:30 am departure. It was about a 10 minute wait to catch the shuttle provided free of charge out to Mt. St. Michel. The shuttle stop was at an information building and at the end of a series of parking lots that had room for several thousand cars. They were very well organized. These shuttle buses were an interesting design. As we found out shortly there was no room for the bus to turn around on the causeway so the bus was designed to be driven...

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Sep 29, 2015 - Heading to Mont St. Michel

In the morning we discovered that our campground was on the terrain of a former wine estate, which is about 300 years old. The Dutch family that has owned the campsite since 2005 are running it in a sustainable way so as not to become a burden to the nature around them. Among other things they heat with a sun broiler, and grown their own fruit and vegetables which are served in the restaurant. They also informed Bill that when they harvest the grapes, by using a machine that straddles the rows and basically shakes the vines and only the...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Mont Saint-Michel, France

The ride to Le Mont Saint-Michel (spelt it right this time!) was better than expected, took us about 4 hrs did about 60km, about a third on secondary tourist roads which had no shoulder so was a tad hairy at times with the traffic. Thankfully the French drivers are very forgiving when it comes bikes, although Marg reckons I came very close to being taken out by an overtaking Motorhome with a large mirror, probably an Aussie driver LOL. Saw lots of market gardens, cauliflower, potatoes, celery and smelt onions. The bike paths varied from...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 18, 2014 - A Beautiful Island Monastery

Another relaxed start to the day today. Doing the 158km drive to Mont St. Michel. Day somewhat overcast with patches of sunshine as we make our way around the coast. At one point it was 26C which is quite warm to what we have had. Didn’t take long at all before we received our first glimpse of Mont St. Michel in the distance as we drove through farmland mainly and little villages. All very similar with buildings almost to the roadway or forming the edge of the roadway. Lots of the usual cornfields as well and some sheep as well as cattle....

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EasterEurope

Aug 18, 2014 - Mont Saint Michel

Well, there's a particular type of bird that is like a very large sea gull on Mont St Michel, and they don't like sleeping in. Apparently, we won't be either. Which doesn't bother us too much, as we want to be up the top for opening hour when it happens. I warned Tess that the crowds can get very large during the summer so we should be early. We wandered around looking for a place for breakfast, and ended up getting the equivalent of an doughnut x apple fritter. It was quite big, and a little hard to digest without something to wash it...

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Aug 17, 2014 - Nantes & Mont St Michel

I woke up feeling a lot better after my big sleep, although Tess had spent quite some time the night before loading photos onto facebook so she'd been up a lot later. When we got up, we went downstairs to have breakfast, as we had prepaid for it. It was close to 9.30am when we got to the dining area, and there were 1 table left, that was clean. It was a bigger table with 4 seats. The only other table that was reasonable, was a table for 2 that had plates and glasses left on it. We grabbed the table for 4, and I went to go get us some...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Mont Saint Michel - the town

I still do not have any access to e-mail or a phone. If you need to reach me you can send an e-mail through this site. Perry/Jim: Please let Dad know I sent him 5 post cards from Mont Saint Michel on Tuesday April 8th. There are about a half dozen hotels right in the walls of Mont Saint Michel and another half dozen new places at the parking area. Shuttles run until midnight. Everything is lit at night and there are special night tours - check to make sure they are available off season if interested. This would be a very special place at...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Mont Saint Michel - the Abbey

If you like old castles you should enjoy these pictures of my visit to Mont Saint Michel. In about 700, the Bishop of Avranches had a sanctuary built on the Mont in honor of the Archangel Michel. The story is the Archangel Michel wrestled with the Bishop until the Bishop promised to build this sanctuary. The sanctuary became a focus of pilgrimages. Then in the 10th century the Benedictine monks occupied it and a village grew up just outside it, along the slopes of the Mont. Its height and protection by its isolation from the mainland (it is...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Today we caught the 10.04am bus from the village of Courtlis to Le Mont-Saint-Michel - €2.30 pp each way for a 10 min ride! The bus dropped us at the shuttle depot where the free shuttle then takes you the 2km to the Mont. There is a major restoration project going on here. Because of human intervention the bay has silted up and work was begun to restore Le Mont-Saint-Michel to its island setting. The first stage begun in 2009 is the new dam across the Couesnon river which provides regulated “flushing” of the bay at each high tide – and the...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Le Mans to Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Another lovely day for our drive to Le Mont-Saint-Michel: we decided to avoid the motorway (and the tolls) so it took us a little longer but it was a very pretty county drive through lots of little villages. We arrived at Camping Saint Michel (N48°37'41" W1°24'57") mid-afternoon. We are the only motorhome here but it is a pleasant site with good facilities, except there is only one shop, a bakery, 5 minutes’ walk in Courtlis village (and that didn’t open at 4.30pm as the sign said on the door!) and the bus to Le Mont-Saint-Michel only runs...

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