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Trip Start Nov 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 14, 2011

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Flag of France  , Basse-Normandie,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

After a surprisingly good night's sleep on a plastic covered mattress at the truck stop (we had our theories but we were happy we weren’t sleeping in the car) we headed off to see what le mont saint-michel was all about. As we rounded the corner of the road, heading west when we really should have the car pointed east to the Mediterranean, we were awed by the view of the abbey sitting on a rock out in the Atlantic Ocean. (thanks for the tip Kevin; we missed the tapestry in Bayeux though)

Mont-St-Michel (written a few different ways) is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel.

The numbers of people arriving to spend the day at the rock were unbelievable – except for the fact that it was a beautiful blue sky day in the middle of a 4 day weekend. Thankfully we got moving in the morning, but never as early as I would prefer (read John likes to sleep in) so we spent some time climbing the stairs through the base of the town but didn’t manage to climb to the top of the abbey, not wanting to wait in line for the pleasure.
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