Mont St-Michel - a spectacular island
By Judy Evans
October 26, 2017 12:53am CST
Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. We knew nothing about it and hadn’t intended to visit but we met someone who raved about it so off we went. We had no idea it was so spectacular. We were blown away and very, very pleased that we made the effort to go there. It was certainly a photographer’s dream too. Mont Saint-Michel is near the town of Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in size. It has been a monastery since the 8th century, another fact which blew me away. It is 600 metres from the mainland and if the tide is out, you can walk to the island on the causeway. However the tide comes in very swiftly and has been the cause of a number of deaths for those who try to walk across the sands from the coast. The sea-bed becomes very treacherous with a death-like grip if you sink into it. Sheep are grazed on the salt marsh meadows and ‘agneau de pré-salé’ (salt meadow lamb)is a local delicacy. The community of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem replaced the Benedictine monks in 2001 and, while they are tenants of the centre, they are not involved in the management of the abbey. With 3 million visitors a year, 60 buildings listed as monuments historiques and on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, Mont St-Michel is one place not to be missed if you’re touring that area of France. I’m sure you’ll recognise the place from the photo. You can see the causeway on the right of the photo. We walked out and caught the horse-drawn lorry back to the mainland. There was no fee to enter but the parking was exorbitant.
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• Gainesville, Florida
This is a place that I've read about and seen photos of in many different publications, and is on my bucket list of places to visit. I had a friend visit there several years ago, and she loved the place. She also took lots of beautiful photos.
• Bunbury, Australia
There are some incredible photos of it. We went back next day and stopped along the road trying to get good photos. Ours are nice but not stunning. I'd love to be one of the 50 or so who actually live there - although I wouldn't want to live there enough to become a nun!
• Toccoa, Georgia
I have been there. Back in 1983, I traveled with a group of High School girls with our French Teacher to France for a tour. Actually, the trip happened right after I graduated from High School. It was really a graduation present. Mont St-Michel is fascinating.
• Genova, Italy
@JudyEv That island, if not I am mistaken, at certain times, can be reached by car, or other means "on tires". During the period instead of the high tide, it is necessary to go with boats. I didn't know there were swampy areas. On this I consider myself little informed