Mont St- Michel

Pyrenees Trip - Day 3

Wednesday, 18th July, 2007 The wednesday was spent moving around the Brittany/Normandy border area.

We took breakfast in the farmhouse, a big table was prepared for the handful of guests staying there. There was some really gorgeous jam available for the croissants.

Le Mont St. MichelLe Mont St. MichelLe Mont St. MichelWe began by taking a trip to Mont St. Michel, and climbing up the Mont to go into the Abbey at the top. It's a nice little Abbey, with high arched rooms, and lots of connecting rooms. There are some nice views from the terrace.

Touring the Abbey takes some time, and when we were done we went into a small café to get a meal. This was one which gave views over the bay, but we took a long time to get served - on the whole trip there were three places like that. Most unusual.

My favourite place to eat so far in Mont St. Michel has a small window in the wall of the Mont itself, with a table set in that window. It's a good location. Unfortunately, I can't recall the name of the place!

There's not really much to say about Mont St. Michel, except that it's a very nice place to while away some hours. You can see all of my photos taken at Mont St. Michel using this flickr map.

Returning to the gîte we were greeted enthusiastically by the farmhouse dogs.

We met some cute dogs at our Gîte

You can't really go wrong with cute dogs.

In the evening, we drove over to Mont Dol, as on wednesdays, in the summer months, they have a little market there in the evenings. We thought it'd be up on the Mont itself, but it was not. The market was down in the village. We wandered around for a bit, buying some honey. The market was okay - but I'm glad we didn't put ourselves out for it.

We ate in Dol (which tends to close early), to Le Katedral. This is a small restaurant with a bar attached and had Galettes (savoury pancake meal type things) followed by Crepe (sweet pancake pudding type things).

Pyrenees Trip - Day 2

Tuesday, 17th July, 2007 We were up and away on Tuesday. The plan was to go to a small place just inside Brittany, we were staying just west of Pontorson, in a farmhouse called La Costardiere - which was a few miles from where I camped a few years ago.

Road crossing on Pont de NormandeLe Mont St. Michel On the way we stopped in Caen (I stayed there in 2005, and could go straight to the supermarket - we needed some provisions). We took the road over Le Pont de Normande, stopping in the services there for lunch, and we also diverted to see Mont St. Michel from a distance. Then it was off to our accomodation.

Despite being on a minor road, the place was very easy to find (thanks mainly to looking it up first in google maps). The room was huge, it had two double beds and a single - and also cheaper than the hotel we were in the night before. The building was old, so the floor did slope, but that wasn't a problem.

Our Room in Brittany... nice! We got ourselves settled in, had a bit of a snooze, that sort of thing.

Then we headed off to see some local sites. We didn't want anything big, so we went to a local spot called Mont Dol, where we climbed the tower on the top to see the sun setting over La Baie du Mont St. Michel.

Nice.

Sunset at Mont Dol

Mont St. Michel

A traffic sign at high tideLe Mont St. Michel on a wet morningLe Mont St. MichelWork on the Mont St. Michel silting problem has begin Mont St. Michel is off the coast of Normandy (near the Brittany border) and silt has been gradually filling the bay it's in. The plan is to add a dam and filter the sediment from the water, so that as the tide retreats, clean dam water 'flushes' the silt away. The causeway is to be replaced by a bridge.