The Ramparts Of Mont St. Michel

When the tides are low the parking system at Le Mont St. Michel is good. I am not aware how it is at high tides. After paying for the parking tickets we set off. It was threatening to pour any moment and we were armed with umbrellas, but we were lucky though the skies were overcast with dark clouds, there was just light drizzle.

‘For centuries pilgrims would have climbed up this very path on which I am treading now’, I thought as I joined the queue of tourists which started right from the base. As I climbed the stairs, it felt like I was walking in to a castle and not an abbey. The huge walls, strong fortifications, no wonder the island was protected for so long and could withstand all attacks. We walked through long corridors, staircases and tunnels that connected magnificent halls, decorative rooms and many other spaces with wonderful or dreadful stories.

We had taken the audio guide and so the understanding the place was easy, the stories given were interesting, I don’t remember anything of it though. That is one major disadvantage I find with these audio guides. Wish they had made detailed pamphlets instead, but lot of information is available in internet and I try to correlate the pictures taken there with the info. It is almost like revisiting the place.

The interiors aren’t so grand like I have seen in some other places, but then it sn’t fair to compare like that. Here are some shots taken on the way to the church at the top. More shots of the church and its interiors in future posts.

A Tidal Island - Le Mont St. Michel, France
Le Mont St. Michel, France

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