Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Mont Saint Michel and the alligator

Finally! We made it Mont Saint Michel - the place that sparked the whole trip. Mont Saint Michel is in Normandy, France, and was quite an effort to get to but worth it.
What is it? Well, it's a rocky island where the Fécamp Abbey was build upon. Over the years it expanded and a few other village houses and buildings went up around the base.
The other draw card is the tides that surround the island. As with St Malo and Dinard on the coast a little further down, Mont Saint Michel experiences extreme high and low tidal ranges during the course of the day.
Here we go, hiking up through the Abbey and the surrounding city walls. Wonderful views from up here!
The only thing I would have to say, however, is that it's quite the tourist trap. Firstly there are bus load after busload of people streaming into this little island every hour, so go early. And secondly, come by car as once you've seen the Mont, there ain't much else to do. The Mont itself only really has one main little street, and it's lined with overpriced restaurants and souvenir shops. The area on the mainland by the Mont is just a stream of motels. There are other nice spots near by, other coastal towns and a war monument, but we were sans car and had no way to get there. There were only a few buses in and out so we were pretty much stranded there. Three hours would have been enough. But, live and learn!
Anyway, Mr E and I headed back to the hotel to figure out what to do. What we ended up doing was quite unexpected...
Alligator Wildlife Park! A short walk from Mont Saint Michel! Who'd have thought it?! We didn't. Joked about it, then out of sheer boredom and a need to get out of the baking sun we decided we'd nothing better to do so headed off to see reptiles.
And reptiles we did see! There were quite a few... ugly looking things...
So, something different! The Alligator Bay wildlife park also has turtles, lizards, snakes and a whole other bunch of reptiles. Awesome.
And opposite a very nice boar sign. No idea why.
Bye bye Mont Saint Michel! from here we bus'ed it back to Rennes then cause the trains (three!) home again. A lot of travel, but pretty relaxing and some magical places.

1 comment:

Candice said...

AMAZING! I want to visit too :-)