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    Catch a glimpse from afar

    by sue_stone Written Jul 21, 2006

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    bad sunset photo

    Favorite thing: Mont St-Michel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France, with over 3.5million people visiting this tiny island every year! That single, steep, narrow street gets crowded pretty quickly as the tourist buses role in.

    Our first visit was at 10pm, just before sunset, and it was nice and quiet. The next morning we arrived at around 9am and it wasn't too busy, but by 11.30am it was crowded (in June). I must admit that the crowds really detracted from the uniqueness of the place.

    Fondest memory: My favourite thing about Mont St-Michel was the way that you could catch a glimpse of it from miles away, when driving along the main roads that run near the coast. It is a very cool site for a distance. Even the view from the start of the causeway is good.

    But, once you actually get up to the island, see the car parks, and perhaps fight through the crowds some of the mystery is gone, well, it was for me anyway.

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    Wind mill on the continent

    by JLBG Written Jan 10, 2009

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    Wind mill on the continent
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    Favorite thing: On the main land, in front of Mont-Saint-Michel, along the Couesnon river, this old wind mill was not in use anymore and had lost its wings. However, the building itself and the roof looked in good condition. I bet that it might some day be restored and turned for example into a crêperie to taste one of those delicious crêpes (pancake) washed with a bowl (not a glass, a bowl) of cider!

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    A Surreal Icon of France

    by Goner Written May 31, 2004

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    Wonderous Architecture Views

    Favorite thing: Le Mont-Saint-Michel sits on a granite rock on an islet in northwestern France, in the Gulf of Saint-Malo which is connected by a causeway with the mainland. The islet, celebrated for its Benedictine abbey, has small houses and shops on its lowest level. Above these stand the monastic buildings, many of which date from the 13th century and are considered outstanding examples of Gothic architecture. The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, about about 240 ft above sea level.

    Fondest memory: Mount Saint Michel has been on many US calendars as an icon of the French coast for as long as I can remember. Seeing in from a distance for the first time was a surreal experience, I was so mesmerized I actually forgot to take a picture from that vantage point.

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    INTRODUCTION - BRIEF HISTORY

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    Our first significant contact with the wonder
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    Favorite thing: The Mont St Michel island located just off the coast of the region of Normandie, best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the medieval town.
    It was one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the Medieval occident. For nearly one thousand years, men, women and children went there, despite the dangers, hoping for the assurance of eternity, given by the Archangel of judgement « Peseur des ames ».

    Mont Saint Michel was officially inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1979

    The « Wonder of the Western World » forms a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.

    History (adapted from tourism information center web site)
    It was at the request of the Archangel Michel « chief of the celestial militia » that Aubert, Bishop of Avranches built and consecrated a small church on the 16th October 709. The pre-Romanesque church was built before the year one thousand.

    - 8th century, the construction of the first monastic establishment
    - 11th century, fondation of the Romanesque abbey church over a set of crypts
    - 12th century, the monastery buildings were extended to the west and south.
    - 13th century , a donation by the king of France enabled a start to be made on the Gothic section of the "Merveille ": two three-storey buildings, crowned by the cloister and the refectory.
    - In the 14th century, military constructions (the Hundred Years War effect)

    The Abbey was turned into a prison during the days of the French Revolution and Empire, and needed to be restored before the end of the 19th century.
    With the celebration of the monastic's 1000th anniversary,in the year 1966 a religious community moved back to what used to be the abbatial dwellings.

    At the same time as the abbey was developping a village grew up from the Middle Age. It flourished on the south-east side of the rock surrounded by walls dated for the most part from the Hundred Years war. This village has always a commercial vocation ( this is still valid...)

    Mont Saint-Michel welcomes more than three million visitors a year.

    Fondest memory: The excitation when we started to see the Mont, while driving, illuminated by the sun rise (it was early the morning).

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    Indicative fees-general information's-contacts

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    The bay, from the abbey

    Favorite thing: The village :
    Free - no specific restrictions

    1. Indicative fees (2009) for the Abbey
    Tickets available at the entrance of the abbey only
    Rates :
    - individual : 8.50€; ; from 18 to 25 years old included from Ue : free (from UE) otherwise 5€; less than 18 years : free
    - group (20 persons) or tour operators: 6,50€;
    - audip-guide: 4.00€; Conducted tour: 1H30, 6.50 €, highly recommended but subject to availability of guides.

    2. Opening hours
    - The abbey is open every day except the 1st of january, the 1st of may and the 25th of december.
    - from 2 may to 31 august : 9am to 7 pm, last admission at 6 pm
    - from 1 september to 30 april : 9.30 am to 6pm, last admission at 5 pm.
    - On the 24th & 31st of december : last entrance at 4 pm & closing time at 5pm.
    Self guided tour or one hour guided tour ( with all reserve)
    Pets are not allowed in the abbey (allowed in the village).

    3. Contacts

    Booking and information at the abbey :
    Tel 02-33-89-80-00 - Fax : 02-33-70-83-08
    E-mail : abbaye.mont-saint-michel@monuments-nationaux.fr
    Website : www.mont-saint-michel.monuments-nationaux.fr (French)

    Mont Saint Michel tourism informations center
    Tourism informations center (English)
    or
    Mont Saint Michel portal

    Fondest memory: I was sceptical to extend our trip (3 hours drive from Loire valley) to the Mont Saint Michel, but my wife was very motivated. Oh, I was so entousiastic after!

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    The Mont tomorrow

    by Azhut Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Infos from projectmontsaintmichel.fr

    A landscape restored

    The action over the period 2003 to 2008 will free the Mont from the stranglehold of the surrounding salt marshes, rid it of its unsightly parking area, and of the causeway tying it to the mainland and obstructing the ramparts.

    The most spectacular feature will be the return to a marine setting. Once the current parking lots have been demolished, 15 hectares of strands will be restored to their natural state. The combined forces of the sea and the Couesnon will flush the sediment out to sea away from the Mont. The Mont approaches will be permanently cleared of salt marshes, with 50% of the end result to be achieved within two years and 80% within 8 years of commissioning the dam.

    To read more go on this site:
    www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr

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    The Mont tomorrow 2

    by Azhut Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Infos from projectmontsaintmichel.fr

    The spirit of a crossing

    The various modifications are intended to be barely noticeable and so produce a pleasing effect by blending in as neatly as possible with the site, without spoiling its appearance or accessibility.

    Visitors will see the "Archangel's Rock" rid of the unsightly causeway and parking on the beach. As they complete their approach, with Tombelaine and the inner bay gradually coming into view, they will discover the Mont surrounded by nothing but sand and ramparts.

    Visitors will start out on a redesigned causeway, where the final kilometre will have made way for a pedestrian bridge curving westward and coming to a halt 300 m short of the ramparts. There will be a slipway gently sloping down to an earth platform, with a ford to help visitors over the last few yards to the Porte de l'Avanc?e.

    Computer-generated images give an idea of the effect of the works when seen from close-up or from a distance.

    To read more go on this site:
    www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr

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    The must!!!

    by Azhut Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: One of the most visited sites in France, the Mont-Saint Michel is a must, but out of season, if you can. July and especially August, is more a Golgotha burden than a visit. A textbook definition of a tourist trap, it is most impressive when seen from afar, with its famous silhouette rising above the hazy sands and salt marshes like a heavily fortified breast.

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    The Mont tomorrow 3

    by Azhut Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Infos from the site projectmontsaintmichel.fr

    Air and - silence

    Removing traffic from about 2 km of road between the Mont and the mainland will also mean no more exhaust fumes. Today at peak periods, the causeway is taken by 1000 vehicles an hour each way. The new shuttle will offer silent, zero emission transport. It will bring an end to noisy, smelly cars and coaches. Visitors will at last be able to enjoy nature undisturbed.

    To read more go on this site:
    www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr

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    DRIVING TO "THE MONT"

    by balhannah Updated Aug 29, 2011

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    1st sighting
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    Favorite thing: We drove to 'the Mont' via Courtils.

    Quite a distance away, I suddenly saw "it," I was so excited. As soon as we could find a place to pull off, I was out the Car and taking a photo.
    Now, we were miles away, and I found that there were plenty more opportunities a lot closer, and a much better photo. It was pretty hazy in the distance, but when closer, nice and clear.

    Moral of the story.......Plenty of places for photo's, don't be afraid of not getting a distance photo.

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    MONT SAINT MICHEL

    by RACCOON1 Written Aug 1, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you arrive before 10:00 am it takes about 30 minutes to walk the causeway , through the street(s) up to the ticket office and then to the top . The buses arrive after 10:00 am and then the streets get crowded.

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    Tourist information

    by ATLC Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing: http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/lieuxvisite_gb.htm
    Or click here

    http://mont-saint-michel.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/bdd/page/visites
    Or click here

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  • morgane1692's Profile Photo

    That first close-up view of the abbey....

    by morgane1692 Written Aug 3, 2003

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    nowhere to go from here but UP!!

    Fondest memory: and you cannot help but be impressed. Yes, some may say it is touristy and of course if you are here in the spring or summer months, then you are bound to encounter busloads of daytrippers. So be here on a cold, damp wintry day, you won't be bothered by all that many punks and tourists then!

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    changes at MSM by 2015

    by gwened Written Apr 3, 2012

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    17/18C model of Mont Saint Michel

    Favorite thing: Ouch! It sounds like I could save a lot going there independently

    Exactly, solo is better but then never try tours...Enjoy MSM before 2015 changes are coming there
    read all about it here
    http://www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr/en/why_act/objectives.html

    Fondest memory: walking at low tide to MSM awesome, need to do it again.

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  • morgane1692's Profile Photo

    make this sometimes-island your own...

    by morgane1692 Updated Apr 3, 2004

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    worth the effort to get here, believe me

    Favorite thing: ...or, almost. I'm sure it's a madhouse in the summer months, with busloads and hordes and masses of package-tourists and daytrippers, making life crushed and miserable for you, the thoughtful traveler. Be smart then, visit Mont St. Michel in the damp and colder winter months, and you'll have far fewer interruptions and distractions with which to contend.

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