Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Photo by Tyler Alex.
Visiting Mont St-Michel
A more common view of Mont Saint Michel. Invasion! By Sheeple! Photo by Pline
This island on the north Normandy coast of France is touristy, but is still wonderfully atmospheric, especially in misty weather, though perhaps it looks better from a distance? The Mount’s prime attraction is the Abbaye du Mont St Michel at the top of the Grande Rue, a steep climb.
The entrance to the Abbey. Photo by Sullenski
The island is separated from the mainland by about a kilometre of marshy water at high tide.
Pilgrims could access it only on foot at low tide until 1879 when a causeway was built. Approaching by foot is still possible but crossing the tidal flats is not recommended as the tide comes in very fast and some muddy sands are very sticky; around the Mont itself there is quicksand and people have drowned there.
Soon the 125-year-old road, overloaded by thousands of cars and buses everyday is due to be replaced with a pedestrian bridge and a shuttle bus; visitors will have to park 2. 5 km away and travel to the site on foot or by bus.