Today I took a road trip over to Normandy. It wasn't a short trip. It took close to five hours each way. I got up early and took the subway to the tour office. At least the subway line I needed to use wasn't closed today like it was yesterday. We hit the road at 7:00am. Weather was gloomy as usual with a little light rain. We made a rest stop about half way there in this picturesque little French village, Beuvron-en-Auge, pictured below.|
After leaving the village the skies really opened up and it poured for quite a while. I was really having my doubts that this long road trip was going to be worth the effort. Normandy is a wind-swept, rainy region where it rains over 200 days per year. But luckily just before our arrival the rain stopped for the rest of the day and we even got a couple of peaks of sun.
Now if you thought I was going to see the Battlefields, you would be wrong. What I came to see was Mont-Saint-Michel, described as one of the wonders of the western world.
Most of the people on the bus were doing the guided tour. They were dropped at a restaurant for lunch while me and a few others went directly to the Abbey. We only had four hours to spend here and they wasted half their time in a restaurant. There were plenty of places to get food here anyway. The narrow walkways up to the abbey are lined with shops.
There were more than a few steps to climb to get to the abbey on top.
The interior of the abbey itself, built in the year 1000, wasn't all that spectacular. Kind of plain and barren. Most of the rooms were empty void of any furnishings.
The walk back down was a little easier than the walk up. Below you can see the grave yard under the abbey.
A lot more shops and things to see on the way down. I really enjoyed my visit here.
After I got back down I took a walk into the sea.
At high tides Mont-Saint-Michel appears to be an island. Below is a picture of me while I was standing in the sea under the abbey.
The long drive back to Paris was made even longer due to an accident on the motorway. When we finally passed the accident there was one car in the right lane completely upside down. But except for the fact that all four wheel were sticking straight up in the air, the car looked in remarkably good shape. And there wasn't another thing anywhere near it. I can't figure how it got in that position. I finally got back to my hotel just after 10:00 this evening. I can sleep in tomorrow, I don't have any tours booked, I can come and go when I please. I couldn't even eat my free breakfast at the hotel this morning, the restaurant doesn't open until 6:30 and that's when I had to leave. Until tomorrow I will close with one more picture of beautiful Mont-Saint-Michel.
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