The Windows of Le Mont-St-Michel
Mont-St-Michel is really hard to get to.
Public transportation in Northern France is relatively difficult and despite Mont-St-Michel being the second most visited place in France after Paris, they just haven’t felt the need to make the place more accessible for those who do not want to rent a car or pay a couple hundred Euros for a tour.
To get from Cotuances, where I was staying in Normandy, to Mont-St-Michel, I had to take a pretty difficult path. There were no trains running between Coutances and the closest train station to MSM, Pontorson, until the afternoon. So I did a car share from Saint-Lô in the morning. I had the driver drop me off at Pontorson train station right as the shuttle for MSM was about to leave. The next one was in 2 hours. I got very lucky. Pontorson did not look like a fun place to hang out.
When I arrived at MSM, there were people everywhereeee. Tourists with their big backpacks, holding their iPads taking photos and walking as fast as molasses.
The first part of the hill on the mount is covered in touristy shops and overpriced restaurants. It reminds me of Disneyland, except the cool medieval architecture is real.
I circled around the mountain to the top. I really enjoyed finding cool windows and taking pictures of the views. This was probably because any photos I could have taken of things on the Mount itself would have been littered with tourists…and I don’t want them in my photos! Unless someone is hanging out in the bay, my photos were relatively people-less. I know, maybe I am lying to the world. Sorry.
I was able to wander through the Cathedral at the top of the hill for free because I am under 26 years old. There are so many cool crypts and chambers. It is insane to think something like that was built about 1000 years ago on top of a mountain in the middle of a bay. People are incredible.
I finished seeing the whole island after less than two hours, but I had to wait for the bus (then train, then other bus) to my next destination Cancale at 4pm. There was only one since it was a holiday! Boo.
I managed to get from MSM to my next destination, but I feel like I wasted a lot of time waiting around.
Oh well, it is a beautiful place, just maybe, maybe a bit overrated. But I’m glad I saw it.