#ThursdayDoors: Mont St Michel

France2005 101I snapped this picture while climbing up to the abbey of Mont St Michel.  I believe the door was level and that I was on a steep staircase but I had drunken a quart of hard cider for lunch so anything is possible.

Mont St Michel is one of my favorite places in France although many people (hubby among them) feel it’s become just another typical tourist trap, cheap trinkets, over-priced food and crowded lookouts.

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Harbor of Grand Camp Maisy

While in France we stayed in the small town of Grand Camp Maisy, a fishing village somewhat off the beaten path.

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Rising from the salt flats.

The Mont is over an hour’s drive from Grand Camp Maisy but it was well worth it!

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The view from the top – surrounded by mud until the tide comes in!

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24 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors: Mont St Michel

  1. Ah, sweet memories. Mt. St. Michel. The best omelette – aux fines herbes – I have had, ever.

    Beautiful photography, can’t see signs of a tourist trap. Thanks Jan

  2. Mont St Michel is a favorite of mine, a very unique place with lots of history. We spent a night there several years ago and while there are a fair amount of tourists, it doesn’t take away from how special it is. Staying overnight gave us a totally different perspective.

    • I can imagine! My husband didn’t expect so many people – it is a bit of a drive from the larger towns in the area. Because it was May there were also busloads full of school kids!

  3. It doesn’t look like a tourist trap from the photos. So if it is, its a place I wouldn’t mind getting trapped in for awhile. I love the photo of the city rising up in the background.

  4. As other commenters have noted, this doesn’t look like a tourist trap at all. But it does look like a great place to drink a quart of cider for lunch and then wander around.

  5. What a spectacular trip, Jan. The photo of the Mont rising from the salt flats is breathtaking – especially with the filter of fog. Stunning.
    And the door beckons, although in your haze I think you should be applauded for finding it in the first place.
    Regardless of whether or not it’s a tourist trap, you’ve made the destination one I’m placing on my bucket list. 🙂

  6. It’s definitely worth the drive! We didn’t spend the night there but I wish we had. Most of the tourists leave before high tide comes in. Then it must absolutely magical!

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