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One of the most incredible places in normandy

The spot where the abbey was built is really cool. I saw it in pictures for the first time, and I told myself I had to see it with my own eyes. When I actually visited the reality far exceeded any photo I had seen before. It was a magical place indeed. As you go through the door you enter the Middle Ages. Don't miss it for the world!
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You simply have to see it

Mont Saint Michel is one of those places that's difficult to describe, so you just simple have to see it. Go there and let yourself be inspired! The island's silhouette on the horizon draws you in from miles away...the feeling of attraction is indescribable.

If you're visiting Brittany or Normandy, you absolutely MUST see this fantastic place.

The Mont St. Michael is impressive as is the Abbey and a visit leaves no one indifferent.
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A fascinating place

This one of the most impressive places I've ever been to. You can see all the photos and videos in the world, but there's nothing that compares to seeing it in real life. It's incredible how the tides rush back and forth and cover everything. It's a shame, though, that it can get so crowded...I'd suggest going in the off season to enjoy this magical place without so many stressful crowds.

It's incredible!
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Comming back to the present from mont saint-michel

Makes you think of simpler times when people had time to contemplate living and not simply hurrying through life.
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I recommend bringing food and drink

The Mont Saint Michel is the most visited place in France without visits to "l'Ile de France" (the Paris region). "Saint Michel" is an island that is connected to the shore by a paved road, but during low tide the water recedes leaving the sand and mud exposed side. It owes its name to the abbey which occupies the whole mountain. The highest point is the statue of San Miguel at the top of the church, about 170 meters. Over the centuries the appearance of the surrounding area has changed a lot because of the flood tide. Before there was no road, but due to its construction sand accumulates more easily and feared no longer an island. This works are underway to build a bridge, remove the existing road and leave the arena at the same level that centuries ago. Advised not to venture into the mud at low tide. There are guides that you take a walk, but it's true that you have to look long before set foot, and never stand still because without realizing you do not see your feet. It's easy to get there because, due to the high number of visits, the administration has undertaken to establish good transport services. It can be reached from Paris in TGV to St. Malo, hence we take another regional train to Pontorson, or if we will take a bus directly to the base of Mt. Personally I arrived about 10am and left at 5 or 6pm with the last bus. I recommend bringing food and drink because, despite having restaurants, bars and shops within the fortification, everything is expensive. All you can do at the same price that is put out your postcards in the mailbox of the only post office (which surprisingly have a place like this post office).

Recomiendo llevar comida y bebida

El Monte Saint Michel es el lugar más visitado de Francia sin contar las visitas a “l’Ile de France” (la región de París). “Saint Michel” es una isla que está unida a la costa por una carretera asfaltada, aunque durante las mareas bajas el agua retrocede dejando la arena y lodo laterales al descubierto. Debe su nombre a la abadía que ocupa todo el monte. El punto más alto es la estatua de San Miguel en lo alto de la iglesia, a unos 170 metros. Durante los siglos el aspecto de los alrededores ha cambiado mucho debido las crecidas de la marea. Antes no había carretera, pero debido a su construcción la arena se acumula con más facilidad y se teme que deje de ser una isla. Para ello se están llevando obras para construir un puente, quitar la carretera actual y dejar el nivel de arena al mismo que hace siglos atrás. Aconsejan no aventurarse en el lodo durante la marea baja. Hay guías que te sacan a pasear, pero es verdad que hay que fijarse mucho antes de poner el pie, y nunca estar quieto ya que sin darte cuenta no te ves los pies.

Es muy sencillo llegar al lugar ya que, debido al elevado número de visitas, la administración se ha encargado de establecer buenos servicios de transporte. Se puede llegar desde París en tren de alta velocidad hasta St. Malo; de aquí tomamos otro tren regional hasta Pontorson, o si vamos en bus nos llevará directamente hasta la base del Monte.

Personalmente llegué sobre las 10am y me fui a las 5 o 6pm con el último bus. Recomiendo llevar comida y bebida porque, a pesar de haber restaurantes, bares y tiendas dentro de la fortificación, todo es carísimo. Lo único que puedes hacer al mismo precio que fuera es poner tus postales en el buzón de la única oficina de correos (que ya es sorprendente que un sitio como éste tenga oficina de correos).
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From percy, a small village of lower ...

From Percy, a small village of Lower Normandy where we stayed for 5 days, we went to visit the object of this little trip to see none other than Abbey "LE MONT SAINT MICHEL". We have been fortunate to know imnumerables spectacular sites in Spain and Europe, but there are three so far struck me with its beauty. The first undoubtedly the North Cape, the second in a village called Lapland AKASLÖMPLO filandesa and the third here. The Abbey has its origins before the tenth century and is constructed of habitats add a pre-Romanesque church. Within the enclosure, which is accessed through the gate BALTOVE you come across a small city made up of typical houses normanas quite well preserved and there are some small museums of ancient weapons, paintings and clocks. After a steep finally arrives at the Abbey that if you want to visit before arrascarte pocket, but worth it. My advice to visit this place is to do it during the week, as weekends and holidays so much crowd can hardly walk. We were lucky enough to be in both cases. Gastronmía Inside there is a traditional dish omelets. Surely you read these lines think that this is the famous omelette is done at home or eat at any restaurant in the world, as there is a special omelette where you beat the egg whites on one side and the other leaving yolks curd Raw outside but inside. Particularly as I did not like but I love to try the typical dishes of the places I visit, I asked her and I left it almost entirely. In a future article I will upload our visit in this trip to the landing beaches and the American cemetery.

Desde Percy, pequeño pueblo de la baja Normandía donde estuvimos durante 5 días, nos dirigimos a visitar el objeto de este pequeño viaje que no era otro que ver la abadía de "LE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL".

Hemos tenido la suerte de conocer innumerables sitios espectaculares dentro de España y de Europa, pero hay tres que hasta ahora me han impactado por su belleza. El primero sin lugar a dudas el CABO NORTE, el segundo un pueblecito llamado AKASLÖMPLO en la laponia Filandesa y el tercero este lugar.

La Abadía tiene su origen antes del siglo X y esta construida a base de añadir habitáculos a una iglesia prerrománica. Dentro del recinto al que se accede a través de la puerta BALTOVE te encuentras con una pequeña urbe formada por típicas casas normanas bastante bien conservadas y en algunas de ellas existen pequeños museos de armas antiguas, pinturas y relojes.

Después de una empinada cuesta por fin se llega a la Abadía que si la quieres visitar tienes que antes rascarte el bolsillo, pero merece la pena.

Mi consejo para visitar este lugar es hacerlo entre semana, pues los fines de semana y los festivos hay tanto gentío que casi no se puede andar. Nosotros tuvimos la suerte de poder estar en ambos casos.

Dentro de la gastronomía existe un plato tradicional que es la TORTILLA FRANCESA. Seguramente el que lea estas líneas pensará que se trata de la conocida tortilla que se hace en casa o se come en cualquier restaurante del mundo, pues no, es una tortilla especial donde se baten las claras por un lado y las yemas por otro dejándola cuajada por fuera pero cruda en el interior. Particularmente no me gustó pero como me encanta probar los platos típicos de los lugares que visito, la pedí y me la dejé casi entera.

En un próximo articulo subiré la visita que hicimos en este mismo viaje a las playas del DESEMBARCO y al cementerio americano.
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The jewel of mont st michel

This is a modest chapel in 709 by Saint Aubert decided on a call from God. In the tenth century Benedictine monks settled there to make their monastery, but lack of space they decided to build a huge church that will also accommodate the pilgrims. This is the thirteenth century the wealth of certain rooms of the Abbey will be the reputation of the place as "Wonder of the West". Saint Michel conaitre later Gothic art, used as a prison after the revolution and restoration work from the nineteenth century. Today, huge binds cultural tour and pilgrimage is a site whose beauty is renowned. The visit of the huge abbey THE thing to do on Mount is a maze of all more beautiful than the other rooms, terraces with stunning views of points of Normandy, and of course the heart of the magnificent church. The golden roof and the statue of St. Michael that throne symbols are visible from afar.

Le joyau du mont st michel

C'est en 709 une modeste chapelle décidée par Saint Aubert sur un appel de Dieu. Au Xème siècle des moines bénédictins s'y installent pour en faire leur monastère, mais faute de place ils décident de construire une immense église qui pourra également accueillir les pèlerins. C'est au XIIIème siècle que la richesse de certaines salles de l'abbaye feront la réputation du lieu comme "merveille de l'Occident". Saint Michel conaitre plus tard l'art gothique, servira de prison après la Révolution et de chantier de restauration à partir du XIXème siècle. Aujourd'hui, immense lie de visite culturelle et de pèlerinage, c'est un site dont la beauté est renommée.

La visite de l'immense abbaye est LA chose à faire sur le Mont, c'est un dédale de pièces toutes plus belles les une que les autres, des terrasses avec des points de vues superbes sur la Normandie, et bien sur le coeur de l'église magnifique. Le toit doré et la statue de Saint Michel qui trône en sont des symboles visibles de loin.
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This summer i had the opportunity to ...

This summer I had the opportunity to visit Le Mount Saint Michael, an island that is constantly playing with the tides. It is a truly spectacular spot so I recommend to everyone that if you can feel free to go visit. The arrival of water is an amazing spectacle that leaves no one indifferent. It is very important to be informed of the schedule not be the same for any fright or bad memory. Worth a visit both day and night. Official website indicated find all necessary information about it. In my case we have stayed in a house in the nearby town of Huisnes Sur Mer. The house rented by the Internet through the portal homelidays. Greetings.

Este verano he tenido la oportunidad de visitar Le Mount Saint Michael, un islote que no para de jugar con las mareas. Es un paraje realmente espectacular por lo que recomiendo a todo el mundo que si puede no dude en ir a visitarlo. La llegada del agua es un espectáculo increíble que no deja a nadie indiferente. Es muy importante estar informado del horario de las mismas para no llevarse ningún susto o mal recuerdo.

Vale la pena visitarlo tanto de día como de noche.

En la web oficial indicada encontrareis toda la información necesaria al respecto.

En mi caso nos hemos alojado en una casa en la población cercana de Huisnes Sur Mer. La casa la alquilamos por internet a través del portal de homelidays.

Saludos.
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A magical place in normandy

Spectacular, amazing, magical, amazing .... let you run out of adjectives to describe this wonder of nature. In a corner of Normandy, is the mont Saint Michel, a city caught in the evening, by the tides and surrounded by miles of sand in the morning ... It is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my life, but with a catch, you have to sleep there, which is amazing to see how the tide after sunset, and as the water disappears at the same time it dawns I was not so lucky, as I had to go to sleep to bayeux .... but I promise to return only to admire that ...

Un lugar mágico en normandia

Espectacular, increíble, mágico, sorprendente....vamos que te quedas sin adjetivos para describir esta maravilla de la naturaleza.
En un rinconcito de normandia , se encuentra el mont Saint michel, una ciudad atrapada en las noches, por las mareas y rodeada de kilómetros de arena por las mañanas...
Es una de las cosas mas bonitas que he visto en mi vida, pero con un pero, tienes que dormir allí, por que es increíble, ver como sube la marea después del atardecer, y como va desapareciendo el agua a la misma vez que amanece, yo no tuve esa suerte, ya que tuve que irme a dormir a bayeux....pero prometo volver solamente para admirar eso...
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Abbey of mont saint michel

Classified as a historical monument since 1862 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, the abbey of Mont St Michel is undoubtedly one of the main monuments visited in France. Tourists come by the hundreds of thousands every year to discover this magnificent edifice built on the foundations of a blessing site, dating from the tenth century. Visible over 20 miles around when the weather permits, the abbey has stood proudly on the rocky promontory of the village and surprises visitors with its beautiful architecture and its conservation status. A must see!

Abbaye du mont saint michel

Classée Monument historique depuis 1862 et inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco depuis 1979, l'abbaye du Mont St Michel est sans aucun doute l'un des principaux monuments visités en France. Les touristes y viennent par centaines de milliers chaque année pour découvrir ce sublime édifice bâti sur les fondations d'un site bénédiction, datant du Xème siècle. Visible à plus de 20 km à la ronde quand le temps le permet, l'abbaye se dresse fièrement sur le promontoire rocheux du village et étonne le visiteur par son architecture superbe et par son état de conservation. A voir absolument !
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July 2010, arrived at night, the imag...

July 2010, arrived at night, the image of the illuminated abbey is unforgettable, accompanying a clear night with a sky full of stars and was not seen for years. By day a fortified city bustling, much trade, hotels, restaurants. It was targeted by the English in the Hundred Years War. Flamboyant Gothic style, is a gem both inside and out. The rising tide impressive.

Julio de 2010, llegamos de noche, la imagen de la abadía iluminada es inolvidable, acompañando una noche clara con un cielo lleno de estrellas como hacía años no veía.
De día una ciudad fortificada bulliciosa, mucho comercio, hoteles, restaurantes.
Fue punto de mira de los ingleses en la Guerra de los Cien años. De estilo gótico-flamígero, es toda una joya tanto por dentro como por fuera. La subida de la marea impresionante.
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Labbaye

Mount, dedicated to St. Michael in 708 is one of the first to be dedicated to the Archangel. The abbey built on several floors, partly in the granite rock, is a fine example of medieval architecture. The canons were the first inhabitants of the Benedictine abbey before the tenth century. The abbey church, flamboyant Gothic, is absolutely remarkable. His heart is particularly well lit with many windows. Just off the cloister, very well preserved, offers rest and a view of the bay. Since 2001, brothers and sisters of the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem provide daily prayer in this place. They live in aAbbaye even if it is owned by the state and managed by the National Centre of National Monuments.

L’abbaye

Le Mont, dédié à Saint-Michel en 708 est l’un des premier lieu à être consacré à l’Archange. L’abbaye construite sur plusieurs étage, en partie dans la roche granitique, offre un bel exemple de l’architecture médiévale. Les chanoines ont été les premiers habitants de l’abbaye avant les bénédictins au X° siècle. L’église abbatiale, gotique flamboyante, est absolument remarquable. Son cœur est particulièrement bien éclairée grâce à de nombreux vitraux. Juste à côté, le cloitre, très bien conservée, offre un repos et une vue sur la baie.
Depuis 2001, des frères et sœurs de la Fraternité monastique de Jérusalem assurent une la prière quotidienne dans ce lieu. Ils vivent dans l’aAbbaye même si elle reste propriété de l’Etat et gérée par le Centre National des Monuments Nationaux.
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A truly magical place

That summer we traveled from Barcelona to Paris and while we prepared the trip a friend had recommended that hometown around the Mont Saint Michel. We had seen pictures and read information from the Abbey in the visual guide to France we had acquired for the country we would visit. So after leaving Paris we headed to Saint-Michel. It was four hours long road that were made, but with the view of Monte and its environment will no hesitate to say that the way up there was worth it. Le Mont Saint-Michel is a magical place that transports you, to walk the streets at the time of the abbeys and the Knights Templar. It is a place that will retain in my memory forever and that someday we will be visiting. I recommend it.

Un lugar realmente mágico

Ese verano viajamos desde Barcelona a París y mientras preparabamos el viaje un amigo nos recomendó que a la vuelta visitáramos el Mont Saint Michel. Ya habíamos leído información y visto imágenes de la abadía en la guía visual de Francia que habíamos adquirido para conocer el país que visitaríamos.
Así que tras salir de París nos dirigimos a Saint-Michel. Fueron cuatro horas de camino que se hicieron largas, pero que con la visión del Monte y su entorno ninguno dudó en manifestar que el camino hasta allí había merecido la pena.
Le Mont Saint-Michel es un lugar mágico que te traslada, al pasear por sus calles, a la época de las abadías y los caballeros templarios.
Es un lugar que siempre retendré en mis recuerdos y que algún día volveremos a visitar. Lo recomiendo.
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(arrive around 10:30) in the distance...

(Arrive around 10:30) In the distance it appears small, yet full of beautiful things await us inside. 30 minutes walk from the car parks (fee) up between the Mont Saint Michel, for the less brave shuttle (free) commute between the car parks. Main street filled with shops, restaurants, museums ... offers a wide range prices. Visit the Abbey, count a good hour and a half, very nice, nice surprises and beautiful views of the outside Mount (9 / adult over 25 years). For lunch, go to the mother Poulard Terrasses (very affordable menu 19) with a superb view of the Mont Saint Michel Bay (ideally arrive to 12.00). Walk through the narrow streets, gardens, ramparts ... In the beginning of afternoon and with the sun, the streets are very expense. (Departure 15h00)

(Arrivée vers 10h30)

Au loin il semble tout petit, pourtant pleins de belles choses nous attendent à l'intérieur.

30 minutes de marche depuis les parkings (payant) jusqu'à l'entrée du Mont Saint Michel, pour les moins courageux des navettes (gratuites) font le trajet des parkings à l'entrée.

La Grande Rue remplie de commerces, restaurants, musées... offre un grand choix à tous les prix.

Visite de l'Abbaye, comptez une bonne heure et demie, très jolie, de belles surprises et de belles vues sur l'extérieur du Mont (9€ / adulte plus de 25 ans).

Pour le déjeuner, rendez-vous aux Terrasses de la mère Poulard (menu à prix très abordables 19€) avec une superbe vue sur la baie du Mont Saint Michel (idéalement arrivez pour 12h00).

Promenade dans les petites ruelles, les jardins, les remparts... En début d'après-midi et avec du soleil, les ruelles sont très chargées.

(Départ 15h00)
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Its insignia

Of Mont Saint-Michel ‬ ‪ That says it all, its history its amazing tides, the uniqueness of this place. One element that intrigued me, are the insignia of the various shops and restaurants, which characterize the streets and the urban fabric of the city. If you go to Mont Saint-Michel ‪ ‬ pay any attention. I photographed what I considered the most beautiful. This architectural element is encountered in nearly all of France.

Le sue insegne

Su ‪Mont Saint-Michel‬ si è detto tutto, la sua storia le sue incredibili maree, l'unicità di questo posto .
Un elemento che mi ha incuriosito, sono le insegne dei vari negozi e locali, che caratterizzano le vie e il tessuto urbano della città. Se andate a ‪Mont Saint-Michel‬ fateci caso.
Ho fotografato quelle che consideravo più belle. Questo elemento architettonico si incontra in quasi tutta la Francia.
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Mont Saint Michel Abbey Phone Number
02 33 60 14 30
02 33 60 14 30
Mont Saint Michel Abbey Address
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint Michel Abbey Website
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