A Stop at Le Mont Saint-Michel

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A Stop at Le Mont Saint-Michel

With four days of Road Trip Europe 2014 behind us, we packed up camp, said goodbye to Courseulles-sur-Mer, and headed out to Bretagne. Sunny skies, warm weather, and a 4-hour drive—what more could we ask for? How about a stop at the medieval town Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO world heritage site near Avranches.

Once a religious destination, then a prison, Mont Saint-Michel is now a touristic place, with lots of crowds, buses, and cameras. But it is worth it. Driving in you see it from afar and as you get closer its size and position leave you bewildered. It was once only accessible by land at low tide, but a bridge now connects it to the mainland.

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The site is well-run: tourists park on the mainland and take shuttles to the Mont. The narrow Grande Rue (main street) is lined with shops, restaurants, and houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Grande Degre (grand staircase) leads up to the Abby, with spectacular views over the bay.

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Mont Saint-Michel was the perfect stop on our way from Normandy to Bretagne, but we were excited to get to Camping Ferme de Croas Men, so we spent a couple hours darting through the crowds, checking out the Abby, and then got back on the road.


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