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Jun 3, 2009 - Le Mont-St-Michel

Wed 3rd June---Weather:-Sunny/24degrees Le petit Breuil to Le Mont-St-Michel (269km) (3:40h) One of the main tourist destinations and a world heritage site since 1997 Le Mont-St-Michel was our objective today. Le-Mont-St-Michel is a small island, on the north coast of France, near the border of Brittany and Normandy, separated by approximately one kilometre of waves from the mainland at high tide. It is about one kilometre in diameter and about 80 meters high, jutting majestically above the ocean. In 966, a Benedictine monastery was...

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Jul 22, 2008 - France (Camping Du Mont St Michel – Mont St. Michel)

oday turned into a bittersweet day. First to get the bitter out of the way. I somehow managed to delete my travel diary file. I don’t know how or where and I can’t get it back. The diary (at least up to the 11th July) was repeated on the Blog Trip Journal. So I should be able to copy and paste that. But from the 12th to today it is all gone. I am pissed off beyond thought! That out of the way…… Today we awoke to a beautiful day. It was also one of the days that I really wished that my Dad had been with us. The other day of note was the day...

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Blue and JGs OE

Mar 1, 2008 - Normandy/Mont Saint-Michel

Saturday morning we woke up (on time!) and jumped on the bus heading over to Mont Saint-Michel. I dozed off and woke up as we were approaching and couldn't believe my eyes! This massive abbey has been built on top of this tidal island, and it's absolutely breathtaking. Where our bus parked is actually under water during high tide. The background to this amazing place dates back to the year 966 when Benedictine monks began construction of the church at the top of the island. Legend says that the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, the...

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Oct 19, 2007 - Moving to the 20th century -- world war and construction traffic

Up with the sun at 7:45 so we could make our way to Le Mont St. Michele, the ancestral home of Guillaume le Conquerant, the Caen WW Memorial, D-Day beaches, Calvados and camembert. The plan was to drive 4 hours, stop to see Mont St. Michele and then drive 45 minutes to an auberge that was recommended in several of our guide books. Ok, that was the plan. The roads conspired to slow us down a bit with much traffic and construction (well, we think it was supposed to be construction tho there were no workers lurking anywhere near those "men at...

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Weaver France 2007

Oct 13, 2007 - Mont St Michel

Had enough of the Normandy beaches, the beaches themselves are spectacular but there are so many museums, gun batteries and cemeteries that it all gets rather depressing after a while.It is astonishing the number of Americans and Canadians visiting areas where relatives ( fathers and uncles) took part in the landings. Headed off across the bottom of the Cherbourg peninsula to Mont St Michel. This was well worth the visit although it was a pretty steep climb to the top. The warnings in the car park that certain parts would be flooded at high...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Mont St Michel

We make our way through b-fast though communication with the owners is little more that sign language. We have a great walk around the outside of the old city. From the nearby ridge we can see the old walls and the peal of the bells from the Cathedral echoes through the neighborhood. We find a walk through a wheat field at the end of a lane. This takes us into the town from another direction allowing us to see the back walls of this medieval town. As we pass through the town we happen upon a farmers market and purchase a snack and yogurt...

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Oct 1, 2006 - Le Mont St Michel & Arromanches

After a very windy night at least it had stopped raining in the morning, enough for us to walk the 2kms out to the town of Le Mont St Michel - a small rocky island with an old Abbey on the top. Like everyone, we made our way up the narrow, medieval streets to the main attraction, the Abbey. After a while looking around, we made our way back down, looking through the shops & walked back to the van. After lunch we drove onto one of the D-Day beaches, Arromanches. There's not an awful lot at the towns unless you're into some very tacky tourist...

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Oct 1, 2006 - St Malo

From Disneyland we continued following the trail of Jacques Cartier with our next stop in St. Malo. St Malo is a lovely seaside town that boasts the highest tides in Europe. It was also where Cartier was born and lived throughout his life (when he wasn't finding and exploring new worlds). His statue bears a plaque dedicated by Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his crypt lies in the cathedral. The town itself has an interesting history and was nearly completely destroyed on two occasions. Once by fire and the second by World War II. Although built...

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Sep 10, 2006 - Mont St. Michel/St. Malo

Well, Mont St. Michel is probably one of the coolest places I have ever been. For those of you who don't know, Mont St. Michel is pretty much an island. However, the tide comes in an out every day, and when the tide goes out, Mont St. Michel is surrouned by land where you can park your car during your visit. It's seriously the coolest thing ever, and apparently the most popular place to visit when touring France. We walked through the abbey which was an amazing experience. After we finished with that, we ate some bag lunches in the "parking...

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Jul 25, 2006 - Brittany and Normandy, France

Bridget had to go to a funeral in Brittany on Friday, then away for work on Monday and Tuesday so we decided to meet her in Brittany and spend the weekend and go to Ireland on the ferry from there on Tuesday. At Lamballe, Bridget,s friend lent us her grandmothers home which is currently empty and for sale, for the weekend. It was a beautiful huge stone house with a lovely garden, full of classic carved Breton furniture. We were very lucky. Ken and his kids went up by a fast train, and we met them at the train station. Then we hired a car,...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Carnac/Mont St. Michelle/the endless car journey - July 15th

Carnac/Mont St. Michelle/the endless car journey - July 15th The day started off beautiful - sunny, warm, but not too warm. We did a little shopping and then headed to the Bouvards to say our goodbyes. I did get my laundry done - a blessing since I was out of underwear! One last crepe meal, picked up a few groceries and the laundry and headed for the road. We planned on staying somewhere near the Normandy beaches with a quick stop at Mont St. Michelle. Plans are always changing though. Arrived to Mont St. Michelle around 4:30pm and thought...

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Jerretta's Journey

May 12, 2006 - Bon Voyage

You know life is good when all you carry out of a French mini-market is Euro beer and French cheese! At the moment of writing, Nardia and I are at Mont St Michel, a monastery built on a rocky island on the border of Brittany and Normandy in France. We have driven almost 800km since picking up the van in Suffolk, England. More of France later, lets start from the beginning. After some initial electrical problems with the van (water was leaking in!) things were looking grim for our ferry departure from Dover. We needn't have worried of...

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