Trains, Buses, Rain.. Ruins.. but not my day...

Trip Start Jun 06, 2011
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Trip End Jul 11, 2011


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Flag of France  , Basse-Normandie,
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Out the door early to get the express to Rennes, a city 2.5. hours from Paris in Normandie..
Easy enough done.. watching all the fields, crops whizz by.. lots of corn, hay..some already baled.. the brown contrast with the green looks amazing.. had an hour in Rennes but apart from looking big, busy and all in french.. cant say much there;;oui oui
then it was a bus for 40 mins through little villages, some so narrow the buses and trucks have to take turns passing.. their houses are all greyish except for a few creamy lemon colour.. lots of stone used... the land goes from flat to gentle hills.. quite pretty.
Was dropped at my accom for the night in Mt St Michel, and quickly headed out as rain was predicted..the morning had been sunny but the mid afternoon turned ugly.. a continual misty rain..
Guess who got caught in it while walking the 2km across the causeway.. and where was the umbrella.. still in Paris as no rain had been forecast !!
The view of the "island" abby & town is amazing.. to think of how they built it all those years ago and the history and people who have traversed this little area;
The tides can vary greatly, at roughly 14 metres (46 ft) between high and low water marks.even today the tourists / commutor buses have to work with the tides.. the incoming has caught many a person unawares
Mont-Saint-Michel was first  used in the 6th and 7th centuries as a stronghold and additions added  over the centuries
Construction of the original abbey took more than 500 years, from 1017 to 1521. The original church structure was completed in 1144.
Other buildings were added in the 13th century to accommodate monks and
pilgrims who flocked to the abbey.  In 1874, the abbey was handed over to the French government with the aim of preserving the abby for all ages.  Emmanuel Fremiet's famous gilt
statute of St. Michael was added to the spire in 1897. Currently, Monks live and work here again, just as in medieval times:
Now over 3 milion people visit per year, pity to see all the tourism shops with all trinkets etc they can think of, some really are irrelevant to the history etc ...the island is known for its own biscuit company . reminded me of a thin glazed teddy bear biscuits;
Was quaint to see how they use forklifts to transport goods/ supplies up and down all the narrow streets..
Wandering up & down ,over & across all the walks, bridges, steps gave me a real insight into the harsh isolated area they lived in and protected all those centuries ago..

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