The cloister on the tidal island of Mont Saint Michel, off the Normandy coast is still inhabited by monks. For many centuries they lived there quietly; but the spectacular beauty of their surroundings was simply too good to keep a secret.
Today’s monks navigate their day through visitors who arrive by car, bus or, at low tide, trek across the wet mudflats. Despite the touristic frenzy, the island still managed to take my breath away when I first laid eyes on it. And some more times after that.
A shuttle bus covers the two miles from the parking lot to the island. We preferred to walk and keep our eye on the prize every step of the way. A choice we didn’t regret for a second. The unpredictable weather worked in our favor, offering quickly changing views with anything from heavy clouds to clear blue skies as a backdrop.
A few times a year, at spring tide, the road that connects the island to the main land floods cuts off the island. Hotels are sold out long before to people from all over the world who want to be a part of that experience.
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