Visiting the Mont Saint Michel

In october we have been on holidays with my boyfriends family to visit the north of france, the Bretagne and the Normandie.I’ve never been to this part of the country and the landscapes just blew me away! How pretty! In this first blog I would like to present you my highlight of the trip:

the Mont Daint Michel!

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The abbey on the Mont Saint Michel has been built on top of a tiny monastery in the 13th century. I have no clue how they managed at that time to built such a monument but they did an impressing job! It’s just amazing!! Today the abbey enthrones the bay from the top of this tiny island, and as the surrounding landscape is very flat you can see it miles away. Even from across the bay, at 25km (15.6 miles) distance you can still dinguish it as a tiny triangle on the horizon.

TIP: Our hotel was the ‘Auberge de la Baie’. Nice and clean little hotel with parking space and only a few kilometers away from the mont. The restaurant of the hotel had a little sixties inspired interior, but the cuisine just blew us away!! Delicious!! The specialty is the salty lamb gigot. The beast browse on a part of the bay which is regularly flooded by the sea. The high salt content in the grass gives this very special taste to the meat!

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The Mont Saint Michel is part of the Normandie, but it’s just beside the border to the Bretagne:

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Enough text, look at these pictures!

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Our hotel was about 10km away from the Mont Saint Michel, we could see it from outside the hotel! The bay is surrounded of wide, flat grassland on which browse cows and sheeps. As this land is regularly flooded by the salt water of the bay; the milk and the meat of the beasts have a very special and delicious taste! You have to have a ‘gigog des prés salés’ and taste the ‘crème d’Isigny’ 🙂

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TIP: We went to the Mont by car and didn’t find the right parking station for visitors… instead we ended on the the one for busses but there ere a couple of car parking spaces as well! And we were way nearer to the shuttle busses than the normal visitor parking 🙂

The shuttle busses are free and the go every 10 minutes to the Mont Saint Michel. But we wanted it to be a little more authentic so we took the horse buggy 🙂 It cost’s 5 euros per person… but the good tips of the driver for visiting the surroundings were for free 🙂

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The horse buggy left us at the foot of the island, which is surrounded by impressive town walls. They are perfect for a little walk and give you a breathtaking view of the landscape!

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After a million stairs we finally went into the abbey! And WHAT an abbey!! Breathtaking…

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From the main platform you have the best view ever…

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It was soooo cold outside! So we went to visit the interior of the abbey…

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A romantic courtyard…

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This sleigh was used to pull provisions and supplies into the abbey, using the huge wooden weel…

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The abbey is also surrounded by lovely gardens…

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And you have this impressive view everywhere!

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Once back home we still hadn’t enough of the Mont…. So we went on a little walk across the grassland. A little walk of 4 km one way 🙂 But we got rewarded by a beautiful sunset…

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Mont Saint Michel Normandie Bretagne Blog Sommergirls

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Next day: Cancale and its oister market!

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