Mont-St-Michel is an engineering marvel. It was originally a monastery built above the mont.
Since its construction the Mont-St-Michele has served as a monastery, pilgrimage site, a fort, and a prison, and it is now a UNESCO protected site. It evolved into self-supporting village. And today there are lots of shops, restaurants and souvenir shops. All close early.
Since we arrived at dusk there were no tourist buses just the two of us, some French couples on holiday, some local teenagers, and the seagulls.
You enter the Mont itself from a small door at the end of the causeway, from that spot there are 900 steps to the Nave of the Church at the top. The steps wind around houses and shops, through gardens and past the Mont-St-Michele hotels. Looking straight up it looks formidable, and when you are at the top looking down it’s frightening. But it’s a walk, there’s lots to see along the way.
There is a hotel on Mont-St-Michel and many of the couples strolling in the evening were guests. But we said our good-byes and headed down the causeway taking a few glances back at this romantic site.