Mont Saint Michel
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An hour or two after breakfast Michele and Tata made lunch. It included the left over cheese, so I was pretty happy. From there we had to say our goodbyes, and even though we were only there for a short time, it was kind of hard to leave. It was a blast being there.
We are heading back to Paris tonight and staying at Michael's mom's apartment, but we decided to stop at Mont Saint Michel since it would only be slightly out of our way
Michael explained a lot of the history of the city to us, with only a little help from the internet on his blackberry. The hill has been used since the 12th century and the first monastery was built not too long after that. So the city is hundreds and hundreds of years old. Apparently the British (jerks) tried to take the castle during the hundred year war, and for the whole time laid siege to the castle, but were never able to take it
We walked through the city for a while, then found an set of stairs leading out the back side of the city down to the sea. By this point the tide had gone out a short ways from the city and we decided to see if we could walk all the way around. Surprisingly the ground wasn't that wet or muddy. Around the back of the city and at the bottom of the hill we found an old building right where the water-level would come up to. It is completely out of view from the rest of the town, and we're not exactly sure what it was for, but I assume it was were they put monks that broke the rules. At that point around the building the water came in pretty close, but once we made it passed that it was an easy walk all the way around the walls of the city. Once we got back to the front we saw signs saying not to wander out there without a guide. I guess there is quicksand and stuff, but we made it no problem.
It would have been nice to get to stay at Mont Saint Michel longer, but we still had a very long drive ahead of us and we were able to see all of the main points. We still had more than 3 hours to drive until we got to Paris and it was already past 8pm. The drive towards Paris from Mont Saint Michel was really nice, and the sun sets really late here so it was light out until almost 10:00
Since being in Europe we have gotten used to our regular meals, so after it got dark we stopped for dinner at a place called Buffalo Grill. It is a chain restaurant that we have seen a lot of on the road. The theme of the restaurant is a mimic of a typical American western restaurant, and really they did a pretty good job. The burgers were awesome, and they even had ice cream covered donuts for desert. The only thing they didn't get right, is that it followed the French system of dinner taking forever long. By the time we left it was past 11pm and we still had a couple of hours to drive at least.
I took the night shift of driving, and eventually around 1:30am we made it to the apartment. Paris traffic was surprisingly busy for how late it was, and some of the cars were flying. The speed limit on the main highways were 130 kilometers/hour which is around 80mph and these guys were way over that. Michael's Uncle Denis had the keys to Michelle's apartment where we were staying so we had to go over there. We felt bad since it was so late. When we got there we found the entire family still up, and not only that, they had just finished dinner. Denis was there this time, and he speaks pretty good English and was a blast. Around 3ish we finally decided to call it a night. I wouldn't want to be Michael, his plane leaves early tomorrow morning, so he's not going to get to sleep more than a few hours. We have big plans to see as much of Paris as we can tomorrow too.