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    Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    My girlfriend and I rented a car and drove 4 hours West of Paris to a small rocky island that is about 1km from the north coast of France, Le Mont St Michel. It's at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy.

    I won't give too much of a history lesson as I would overwhelm this thread with thousands of years of history.

    It was used as a reference for "Minas Tirith" in Peter Jackson's, Lord of the Rings movies.

    "The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steeped church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel."

    We unfortunately arrived just after the Abby had closed so I apologize for not providing photos of the interior as I assume would have been just breath-taking.

    Let's start in the countryside just before the coast.







    There is a land bridge that connects the Island to the coast. Currently the landbridge is under construction as over the years it has caused the tides to move silt in from the ocean floor, filling in the gap between the island and mainland. If nothing is done over the next 50-60 years, the island would become apart of the coast. The land bridge is going to be removed and a floating bridge will take it's place, allowing the tides to move freely beneath it without causing the silt to settle.



    As we arrive we are directed to park our vehicle on the ocean floor which during the day is completely dry.

    Le Mont St Michel has the fastest tides on earth. During the day the island is land locked, and you can walk all the way around it, and across the bay to the mainland. As 8pm rolls around the tides come in "faster than horses". You can litterly see a wave fill the bay and surround the island in under an hour. It's amazing!

    More on our vehicle later.

    Outside the gates.





    Just inside the gates is the village, full of shops, restaurants, and hotels.



    Just inside the first gate, is the drawbridge.









    Often historical locations like this that thrive on tourism are altered to cater to the guests. Although things have changed (before it was open to the public, as late as the 1970's, this was a prison) everything has it's own place and nothing major had been changed, it looks and feels as though you're in the dark ages.



    Talk about living forced perspective.



















    Feels like Hogsmaid









    Oh yeah, WE'RE IN A FREAKING CASTLE!















    More to come!
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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Amazing! I've always wanted to visit this place. Thanks so much for sharing.


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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Yay!!! Can't wait for more!
    Just countin' the days til the next visit!

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France



    As you climb your way up the cliffs and thru the village you make your way to the entrance to the Abby at the top. Which again, was closed













    I absolutely loved all these little gardens thru out the village. Rooftop gardens and grassy open areas, you wouldn't expect to find in such a tightly packed town.



    A look-out over the bay.











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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    B E A UTIFUL!!

    Mont St Michel is breathtaking. In our sitting room we have 3 photos taken, in a 3-photo frame. They are taken from the exact same point using a tripod. My dad took them. He took one during the day, left the camera there, took one when the sun was going down, and one at night time. It makes for a brilliant looking piece on our sitting room wall.

    Thanks for sharing!

    I can't wait for more!
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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France













    The building with the roof to the right is now someone's home but it used to be where they would cook the burning oils that would be dumped down thru these holes as armys would attempt to scale the walls. Fun!



    Down thru the holes.



    Guard houses.





























    The Poulard is where we had dinner later.



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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Thank you for sharing your pictures of St Michel, I am excited to see more.
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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France









    So the track and trolley are the old "elevator" that delivers supplies to the Abby. We were amazed by the notches in the track that would prevent the trolley from falling.





    So along the back side of the island is a quiet path leading from the base of the island to just about the top, all while overlooking the bay.

    I couldn't wait any longer, the ring box was digging into my hip, and my heart was pounding. I sat her down on these steps to take a few more pictures, I put the camera away, and got down in the dirt...

    She said YES!

    I know this is a terrible photo of us both but we finished crying. I was TERRIFIED! She surprised me, if I didn't ask she was going too. She had been carrying around a ring all day too. Small world



    We both sat in the dirt on the ground laughing for a while. We got up and brushed ourselves off, and continued on.



    The tide began to come back in.











    We came full circle again to the drawbridge, realizing we had not yet explored the interier.

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France













    It began to rain.

















    There is a smaller church beneath the Abby. Behind this chappel is the town's cemetary. We decided it reminded us of Port Royal (POTC)











    Almost rain-drop ears

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Whoo Hooo an engagement in an exotic place!!! Love it! CONGRATS!!!!
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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Felicitations pour votre engagement! C'est merveilleux!

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    Beautiful.

    Definitely on my list of places to see.

    Did I miss the part of the story? What happened to your car?

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    These pics are wonderful! CONGRATS to you both!!

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    So the tide came in FAST and we were all asked to move our cars before they were swept away. Now we're all parked on the land bridge/road.









    After a nice dinner with the rare St Michel Salt Lamb, the sun had set and the place was a-glow!



    I made myself a Pac Man cake.























    We thought we'd visit "our spot" one last time.





    4 hour drive back to Paris... Good night neverland!

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    Re: Le Mont St Michel - Normandy, France

    That is so beautiful. It still just amazes me how there are places with buildings that old, as most of the oldest buildings where I live are from the 1940s.
    Congratulations to you both. How wonderful!
    Oo-de-lally!

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