CROWDED (yes, really)
Due to the tourist nature of the Mont it can get very busy, especially in high summer: more than 3 Millions of visitors, so, more than 20,000 people per day during the summer vacations (only 1/3 of them are visiting the Abbey, according to our official guide).
In fact, I think the human tide is really worst than the sea's tides... The problem is that the medieval architecure is not designed for that: narrow streets (and 2 only to access to the Abbey), abrupt staircases, long queues: without basic precautions, the visit could become a nightmare for:
- People with physical weaknesses or having some difficulties for walking
- Parents with young children and in stroller
- Persons suffering from agoraphobia
Try to avoid a visit during july and august, and neither the afternoon during the summer vacations
Unique Suggestions: 1/ Better: Don't use the main entrance (see photo 2) but use the other street, on the left (covered way on the plan)
2/ Acceptable: use the ramparts way(see photo 2)
Fun Alternatives: The best way is to come early the morning (and the light is better), or to avoid july and august. Simple no? (We were there on August, he ...)
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This place is famous for omelets. They make a big show out of beating the eggs a special way. The dining room is, I'm sure, the most expensive place to eats within quite a few miles.
The problem is, is that the omelets just aren't that good. If you have an omelet with a little apetizer which is about the cheapest thing on the menu and a glass of the cheapest wine they serve, figure on spending about $100 for lunch for two (when we were there in 10-07, the Euro was about $1.40).
In addition, I have a sneaking suspicion that they own all or most of the junk shops along the entrance alley. No way to prove it except my few years of retail experience.
Unique Suggestions: There's really no way. If you just gotta go, just be prepared to spend a lot for very little
Fun Alternatives: There are other small places that sell sandwiches, etc nearby.
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the streets on the foot of the hill.
the narrow streets of the small village on the foot of the Mont can be literally a trap. They can get so so crowded that you can find yourself trapped by people in front, behind, at the sides, all over. When I saw what I had to go across, I escaped!
Run the gauntlet of kitschy and tacky!
There's only one little, twisty lane up to the top of Mont St Michel and the abbey itself. This is it. Put on your blinders and get to the top as quickly as you can!
Unique Suggestions: You do have to pass this way when you're here, so buy a yummmmy crepe from one of the lane-side vendors, please, that's all, nothing else here is so vitally important that you cannot wait until you return to your hotel back on the mainland...plus, it will all be cheaper back in Paris...
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