Mont Saint Michel

 

We started off early today by driving to Mont Saint Michel.  It was a short drive from our hotel in Dinard and only took about 45 minutes.  As I suspected, there were hundreds of people from all over Europe attempting to get in.  It’s fascinating…. you park the car in a large parking lot, you walk a fair distance to where the shuttle bus stops, and then you have to walk a large distance to get from the shuttle bus to the abbey – it’s a ton of walking.  That just gets you to the entrance.  From there it’s a series of very steep steps to get to the top platform where you then tour the abbey itself.  At first, I honestly thought that it was a huge tourist trap with all sorts of souvenir shops and such and would be a total bore.  On the contrary, we had a great tour guide when we entered the abbey itself and were enthralled throughout the one hour tour of the abbey.  He was French, of course, but had lived in England for many years and had a lot of funny things to say about the French.  At the same time, he had a wealth of knowledge around Medieval life in the abbey and had stories that were both fascinating and humorous.  It was a great time.  Here are the initial pictures I took of the abbey…. it is so impressive, particularly on a day like today with fluffy clouds and blue sky.

 

Approaching Mont Saint Michel from the parking lot

 

The abbey viewed from the shuttle stop

 

A closer look at the abbey

 

Rich posing with one of the knights

 

Here’s a view of one of the many series of steps

 

The panorama from the top platform of the abbey

 

Looking up

 

Inside the abbey

 

A beautiful fresco in the abbey

 

The rock upon which the abbey sits – it’s supposed to be good fortune to touch it – of course, I did

 

St. Michael himself

 

When we returned to Dinard, we dropped off the car and walked over to a beachside cafe where we had a couple of beers.  We took our umbrellas because the skies were beginning to look quite ominous.  All of a sudden there was thunder and lightning and the skies literally opened a torrent of rain that lasted about a half hour.  It was so torrential that we actually saw a couple of sea rescues of a few people in a sailboat and another couple actually walking along the sand.  I captured a series of pictures which chronicle the before and after effects of the rain.

 

Before the storm

 

Beginning of the storm

 

After the storm

 

It was a wild half hour or so with everyone taking lots of pictures of the rain.  Through it all, we quietly sat under the cafe awnings drinking our beers:

 

 

It’s a Belgian beer so we must be getting ready for Belgium.
That’s all for tonight.  We’re off to Omaha Beach tomorrow and then to Honfleur.  We’re hoping for a nice day without too much rain.

3 Responses

  1. Marcia

    Really cool pictures, you are going to some awesome places.

    July 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  2. Emil and Raya

    Always wanted to see Mont St. Michel. For now I have lived vicariously through both of you! You seem lucky with the weather. We are going to Santa Monica today to the sand for a beach day. We’ll visit with you again tonight.

    July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

  3. Leona moreels

    hot today will be over 100 all week all good here i was looking at fhotos from normandie all those crosses nice country not to much rain so far i hope havefunmom

    July 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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