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Day Neuf (9) – July 23 – Paris to Mont Saint Michel July 24, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,France — The Travel Guy @ 12:11 am


Our trusty Peugeot Partner - Totem
Our trusty Peugeot Partner – Totem

The “Pope Mobile” or Totem was wonderful.  Once we got a full tank of diesel, we headed up the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe and followed our Tom Tom GPS on a cross country adventure.  Deana was just happy to get out of Paris without getting a motorcyclist draped across our hood!  We travelled several hundred kolometers across country, cruising through literally hundreds of round-abouts and only a handful of traffic lights.  Our city traffic department could benefit from a trip over here.

Our objective for the day was Mont Saint Michel at the Western edge of the Normandy region of northern France, near St. Malo.  Jeff had been here in ’82 and wanted to share it with everyone.

Mont Saint Michel from the narrow causeway that now connects it with the mainland.

Mont Saint Michel from the narrow causeway that now connects it with the mainland.

Once we reached Mont Saint Michel we pulled our luggage up the cobblestone streets to our room at Auberge St. Pierre, nestled on the isle, below the abby.  As we entered the Abbey the evening vespers were being sung by the Benedictine priests and the nuns.  It sounded terrific.  We toured the grounds of the abbey and learned a great deal about it’s rich history.

Later we got some pictures as the sun set and as the tide swept into the Baie du Mont Saint Michel.  We continued to take pictures as lights came on to illuminate the abbey at the top of the hill of granite.

Our hotel room at Mont Saint Michel, Deana and Jess together and Andrew in the loft window above them.

Our hotel room at Mont Saint Michel, Deana and Jess together and Andrew in the loft window above them.

Mont Saint Michel at twilight with the tide still out a fair way.

A view of the bay while the tide was still out.

A view of the bay after the tide started to come in.

A view of the bay after the tide started to come in.

Mont Saint Michel illuminated after sunset.

Mont Saint Michel illuminated after sunset.

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5 Responses to “Day Neuf (9) – July 23 – Paris to Mont Saint Michel”

  1. bruce manning Says:

    where’s the other half of your Van? did the Pope keep it?

  2. 2008europe Says:

    The other half? This is like a luxury SUV over here! But we did see an Escalade negotiating (not well) the streets of Paris. They stick out like a sore thumb.

  3. Liana Boutet (Copeland) Says:

    Hey Guys…that looks like a pretty posh Van! any room for your luggage?? Hope your having a GREAT time…we are sure missing you guys from soccer but are girls are doing awesome…just got two more to pull-off..yeah..cheers for now.

  4. Cathy Smith Says:

    Hey Heltons
    Looks like you are having a fabulous time. Hope the weather is holding for you. We had a great weekend with Ron and Marsha. WEather was great. Campsite was wonderful. Deana – the walk started to day and I have been thinking about you all day. It is theatening rain right now- it is 6:15 pm sure hope that all the walkers are safely in.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your trip Keep on bloggin’
    Love Cath

  5. bruce manning Says:

    So if your travel calender is correct you folks should be in Berlin today….So Jeff…a bit different since 1982…nein/ja??!!


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