MONT SAINT MICHEL
6 de Agosto 2015 - Mont Saint Michele
6th August 2015 - Mont Saint Michele
Un pico rocoso que emerge desde la mitad de la orilla, piedras importadas desde las islas de Chausey, y marcos de madera se mezclan en la arquitectura del pueblo y su anillo de fortalezas, justo igual que en aquellos edificios de "Las maravillas de Occidente", cuyos edificios monásticos fueron construídos principalmente en el siglo XIII.
Ese día, nos levantamos con muchas ganas y sin muchas prisas con la intención de visitar Mont Saint Michel y subir con calma. Yo tenía muchísimas ganas de ir, había visto tantas fotos que no veía el momento a pesar de sus 350 escaleras.
- A rocky peak emerging from the middle of the shore, stones imported from the Isles of Chausey and timber frames mix in the architecture of the village and its ring of fortifications, just like in the buildings of the "Wonders of the West" whose monastic buildings were principally erected in the 13th century. We woke up that day looking forward to the visit and not in a hurry, we wanted to go to Mont Saint Michel and take it easy. I had seen so many pictures of the area that I was impatient to finally see the famous destination in spite of the 350 stairs to reach the highest point.
- For visitors arriving by car, a parking area is reserved which is located close to the departure site of free shuttles. These, stop at 400 metres of the site. When you go into the shuttle you realise that you´re not alone, the crowd is going with you to the same place because shuttles are loaded.
- Some tips to have in mind when travelling to MSM. The most important thing to remeber when thinking about safety at the site is that the tides around the island rise and fall extremely rapidly. Many, many people have perished over the course of the centuries because they thought they knew better than those who would undoubtedly have advised them not to do it. It is possible to journey across the water at low tide, but you must only do this when in the company of a professional and very experienced guide. Don´t ever assume that because the water is only ankle deep when you start out, that you have plenty of time to make a crossing. Heed the warnings and you will be fine.
- For all purposes, Mont St. Michel has a single street "La Grande Rue"! (The big road), that is accesible to tourists. This street offers pedestrian access only, and despite its promising name, is in fact narrow and steep, cool eh?.
- In addition to the shops and the restaurants which cause people to mill around and linger on this street, the congestion is exacerbated by the fact that this is the only access to the monastery. People visiting with small children or people with impaired mobility should also note that the street is cobbled. The combination of cobbles, congestion and steep slope add up to a nightmare scenario for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Thank god that when you approach a higher zone, the view is spectacular, that makes worth the visit.
- And we kept on going up. Besides de Abbey, there are other monuments in the rocks, like Parish of St-Pierre, which is a small chappel, beautiful by the way, edificed from the 15th and 16th centuries.
- And I can´t tell you more about the Abbey, because as soon as we were about to reach the entrance, we found this. From this point, half an hour waiting to finally get in. So I can´t give you the information because we didn´t wait. I know it was frustrating, but if you want more info, click here
- And we started to go down, it was really hot. At least admiring the view.
- We stopped in this place to have something to eat. It was really hot so we finally left.
- We spent three hours and a half in Mont Saint Michel and it cost us 12.50 Euros. On our way to Saint Malo we were lucky to admire the countryside which is awesome.
- We changed our mind in the last minute, I wanted to see one of the american cemeteries of those who fought in the Normandy landing. I always remember those scenes in the film "Save Soldier Ryan" and though I know that cemetery is in Colleville sur mer, this one in Saint James is huge and impressive.
- This place is a place or safety, a sanctuary ...so quiet. When I went in I inmediately got goose bumps. I Can´t think about those mothers who sent their children to fight in a war accross the Atlantic and they never returned.......it´s terrible.
- And back to the road and to admire the countryside and villages which in this area are beautiful.
- And we were on our way to Saint Malo!. I was looking forward to arriving really. It was going to be our last destiny and was dying to rest a bit, take shor walks and admire the view.
- I think I´ve fallen in love with Saint Malo.
- When we arrived to Saint Malo from our tour that day, we had time to have a quick shower and get out again. The truth is that this town is beautiful. The walk along the bay lasts half an hour. We had dinner and came back again walking and enjoying the view.
Nos dijeron que esas maderas en la playa estaban así para controlar las olas cuando sube la marea.
- We were told that those pieces of wood were like that to control the waves when the tides come closer.
A medida que llegamos al centro, estaba más oscuro.
- As we were aproaching the centre, the sky was getting darker.
Cenamos aqui Restaurante L´intra Muros à Saint Malo
- We had dinner in here Restaurant L´intra Muros à Saint Malo
Hotel en Saint Malo