Visiting The Amazing Mont St Michel
This place is absolutely amazing, I stopped here for the day with my husband and parents on a driving holiday in August so it was a little bit busy and crowded but we still had a great time.
The thing that really got me interested in this place was the fact that I thought of Hogwarts as soon as I saw a picture of it. It is it’s own little island so when the tide comes in, the water can sometimes go over the road that connects Mont St Michel to the mainland.
There is a big car park to park your car as you can’t drive up to Mont St Michel. From there you get a tram or walk, depending on how fit you are. To park your car for the day is about 13 euros but you don’t pay to go into Mont St Michel so it’s not a bad price really. You pay at one of the parking machines near the tram pickup and drop off point at the car park before you leave.
Other than the outside resembling Hogwarts, the tiny streets crammed with shops reminded me so much of Diagon Alley, I felt like I was in one of the Harry Potter films but the muggles had been allowed in haha. The streets mainly lead to the abbey at the top and it becomes quite steep and narrow with lots of steps. My parents are both in their 70s and got quite far before having to give up and sit down. My husband and I made it up to the Abbey but found there was a huge queue to get in and with the hot sun beating down on us, we didn’t last long in the queue before admitting defeat and starting the climb back down to find my parents. We got to see some great views while we were up there though.
There are lots of little allies and stairways that lead off to tiny streets and pathways, we followed one stairway and ended up in a tower which I think was a lookout at some point. We also went into a shop from the street side but when we left, we went out another door and found ourselves on the battlements.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars all over the place here, some you get to from the street, some you can get to by walking along the battlements or from one of the little streets. One place that we had a lovely meal in was Pagisscrie, the food was simple but really delicious, the staff spoke great English and it was a nice little cosy.
The souvenir shops confused me a little as they didn’t just have Mont St Michel souvenirs. There was souvenirs from Germany, England, Scotland and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They sold suits of Armour, Japanese swords, swords and knives from TV shows and films like Braveheart and Game Of Thrones. Figures of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. There was things like bags, purses, tea towels, hats t-shirts, etc with Mont St Michel on them but having souvenirs of things that weren’t associated with it just confused me.
There are hotels that you can stay in but they are a bit on the pricey side. Although for a romantic break or a special occasion, I think I would shell out just to say that I’ve stayed there, it would be so magical. Can you imagine waking up in the morning, walking over to your window, pulling back the curtains and seeing that you are on looking out over the rooftops of Mont St Michel. It would like being in a fairy tale of your own.
There is a lovely little church that you can go in and have a look around. It is just before the streets turn to stairs and I didn’t know it was there until I looked up a stairway and saw the entrance. The church is called Eglise Saint-Pierre and even though it is a small church, there is so much to see and take in. It is also one of those places with more than one way to get in and out so if you go out through a door at the side, you end up coming out in a garden which has little paths leading back to the street or to higher buildings.
I can’t wait to go again.
To find out more, go to the official website.