Friday, 10 June 2011

FRANCE - DAY 6

BREAKFAST DELIVERED TO THE TENT
Day six started with breakfast delivered to the tent.....Chris had ordered croissants from the campsite reception and she had popped along there to collect them and then she kindly delivered  them to our tents..... Oh the joys of camping...!
After breakfast we mounted our unloaded bikes for the short ride to Mont St Michel.....the plan was to spend the day doing the 'tourist' thing.
PLENTY OF PARKING FOR BIKES
 It was an easy ride along the cycle path that followed the river to the Mont. Half a mile from the Mont the path joined the road to cross the causeway. There was quite a queue for the car park but being on bikes we were waved past by the car park attendant and just slightly further along the causeway we came to the bike parking area....lots of it....no worry about parking for us and no charge either....
CLOSER VIEW OF MONT St MICHEL
 Lots of tourists of course, but then that is what we were too...tourists I mean...! The day was spent looking around ...taking pictures....eating....drinking (coffee only) and enjoying the day.
ANOTHER MONT VIEW
 Mont St Michel is a lot larger than St Michaels Mount in Cornwall England. This French version has a village around the base and the Mount and the Abbey set upon it is much bigger. From a distance however they do look very similar. A lot of the 'village' around the base consists of tourist shops and little bars and restaurants but all very interesting nevertheless...If you are ever in this part of France it is certainly worth making the visit.
VIEW OF THE CAUSEWAY FROM THE MONT

ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE MONT   -SLIGHT MONET OVERTONES

MASSIVE WALLS OF MONT St MICHEL

ABBEY VIEW

OUT BUILDING IN THE GROUNDS OF THE MONT - NOTE SIDE OF ROOF FACING PREVAILING WIND
We all enjoyed our visit and late afternoon we headed back to the bikes and ride back to the campsite. This was the second time that I have visited the Mont. The previous time was about twelve years ago when I went on a weeks camping trip with a classic car club that I was a member of. The weather on that first visit was not as good as the weather we enjoyed on this trip.....

TO BE CONTINUED............

5 comments:

rlove2bike said...

It sounds like great fun. I have enjoyed your write-ups.

Thanks

limom said...

Camp site breakfast delivery?
Not fair!

Mr. Paparazzo said...

Beautiful place, very nice photos!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Hi Trevor, Just caught up with all your France trip in RSS. A great travel journal and wonderful experience. It was a nostalgia moment for me as it reminded me of the scenery and architecture when I last had the opportunity to go in 2004/5. The images are great too of Mont St Michel (sometime I might get there !) & the chateaux. One image that sticks in my head is of your friend not wanting to risk the grainy ISO & leaning against the cathedral pillar.

Worthing Wanderer said...

This looks like the best day of the lot! I've often thought how lovely it would be to cycle in France - this looks like a great trip!