Majestic Mont St Michel
Mont Saint Michel Travel Blog› entry 11 of 26 › view all entries
Mont St-Michel is really amazing! It was wonderful seeing it coming to view from the bus. The grand church/abbey has an interesting architecture being in an island of rocks and occupying the whole footprint, it’s just magnificent! MSM has been there since the X century and has grown in size as its followers increased over the centuries. It was said that several miracles took place in here. Tourists just kept pouring in by buses, by cars, by the minute. Tourist of all nationalities, local French people, English who came in by ferries from
The last bus leaves MSM for Pontorson at 7pm and we feel quite disappointed that we won’t be able to see the night scene which should be great because the church is lit at night. So giving in to desperation and impulse, we decided to move in the island the next night.
We came back at 10am and Claire decided to go to the abbey again. I stayed behind roaming around the “grand” rue, well, more like back and forth, visiting all the souvenir shops twice, or thrice! They have interesting Celtic stuff and lots of different post cards and paintings of the Mont St-Michel. This must be the most photographed church, ok, ok, I’m not expert on churches, but they have different sets of post cards in every shop, seriously. I took a couple of hundreds myself, almost every corner of the island, and the view from the deck, and the church, and inside. Anyway, as great as MSM is, one can only take so many photos and visit the souvenir shops so many times, ah. And it rained in the afternoon; so again, we confined ourselves in the hotel room.
Much to my dismay, there was no night life inside the MSM at all. We almost have nowhere to eat at 9pm as almost all the restaurants were closed and the sky still look so bright. We ate at this fine dining restaurant with average food and exorbitant price. We ended up exploring the areas around and go to the decks and passages we didn’t see earlier, took photos of the church at night which was really nice. Unfortunately, we were not able witness the coming of tide.
One overnight in Mont St-Michel is sufficient I would say. And I’d want to stay at the hotels just outside, at the other end of the strip of MSM. It’s significantly cheaper there and you’d have the whole panoramic view of the island and church. The strip is long but possible to walk without breaking your legs, so you don’t have to worry about bus schedules.