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Le Mont-Saint Michel

By colmar  
Good Morning

In my blog for yesterday there is an offer to Eurotunnel staff for their friends and family for a cheap day return to celebrate our 15th birthday, full details in the blog if your interested. Hence the upload today Smile

Le Mont-Saint-Michel (English: Saint Michael's Mount) is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is 41.

The wealth and influence of the abbey extended to many daughter foundations, including St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. However, its popularity and prestige as a centre of pilgrimage waned with the Reformation, and by the time of the French Revolution there were scarcely any monks in residence. The abbey was closed and converted into a prison, initially to hold clerical opponents of the republican régime. High-profile political prisoners followed, but by 1836 influential figures, including Victor Hugo, had launched a campaign to restore what was seen as a national architectural treasure. The prison was finally closed in 1863, and the mount was declared a historic monument in 1874. The Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979, as it was listed with criteria such as cultural, historical, and architectural significance, as well as human-created and natural beauty.

We were fortunate enough to stay in one of the hotels on Le Mont-Saint Michel, and as the gates closed for the evening we literally had the place to ourselves, a wonderful expierence.


Best large and f11 ctrl+ for windows users, camera was hand held.

Thanks for all your kind words and votes on our previous uploads as ever we truly appreciate each and every one, Col(in) and Mar(i)

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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Comments


morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 12:07AM
Superb image, great co,position you really get exactly how big this is, interesting write up too.

Hugh
User_Removed 18 386 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 12:21AM
A lovely capture.
18 Nov 2009 12:28AM
Fantastic shot thanks for your comment
Harlan 13 United States
18 Nov 2009 1:57AM
Beautiful shot! Lovely image.
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
18 Nov 2009 3:54AM
Fantastic place and write-up on it Colin, you've done it proud with this shot, how I envy you being there and staying there!
Rgds., Jim
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 5:22AM
We were there about 3 years ago. A wonderful place to explore! Your image certainly does it proud.

Ann
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
18 Nov 2009 6:31AM
What a superb capture, so well taken.
Bob
GordonLack 13 3 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 7:06AM
Nicely captured

Gordon
nickyv32 15 135 England
18 Nov 2009 7:52AM
That was somewhere I wanted to visit last year on my hols, but the people I was with had been before so I didn't get there, looks a wonderful place, great shot, hope you have weights on your feet again this morning, doesn't let up does it

Nicky x
18 Nov 2009 8:07AM
great shot
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 8:53AM
Some shot that !
imagio 16 12 1 England
18 Nov 2009 8:56AM
Excellent image and write up

Bernie
User_Removed 13 80 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 9:14AM
Superb image!
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 9:28AM
A wonderful image of this magic place, well done!
Johanna
Rock 20 10 2 England
18 Nov 2009 9:46AM
A class shot.

Rock
danbrann 18 640 17
18 Nov 2009 10:43AM
You have done it proud Colin.
ijaceone 18 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 12:19PM
Lovely image.
Phil1958 13 272 4 Wales
18 Nov 2009 12:40PM
Superb image and I love the triangular composition - thanks for sharing this with us, must put this on my "bucket list" (places to visit or things to do before I shed my mortal coil Smile)

Phil
bayleaf 15 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 1:05PM
Super comp. Wonderful place.
John.
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 1:41PM
Lovely image, Colin, with a superb narrative.
Ronnie.
18 Nov 2009 1:44PM
A really well composed shot.
Peter
koka 14 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 2:03PM
a beautiful image and a fascinating story - I always wondered if there was a connection to St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. Thank you for the insight katie
18 Nov 2009 2:17PM
Afternoon Colin - Great image, well taken, I've never seen a close-up image taken here before. Great info too !

Chris
SKETCHER68 15 4 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 3:03PM
Stunning ,
nice detailed info. werth a look in largeS
gingerdelight 16 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 3:16PM
Super image, great viewed Large.
Carol
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 3:50PM
thanks for the tip and for the interesting reportage on this fabulously interesting location

Linda
Shootme 13 England
18 Nov 2009 4:08PM
Very nice image, well taken.

Jim.
18 Nov 2009 4:10PM
Great image Colin, thanks for the History. Must visit there one day.

Ruth
franfoto 15 2 32 England
18 Nov 2009 4:19PM
What a superb building and so interesting to read your writeup, Cornwall is just around the coast from us so we know St.Michael's mount but didn't know it's history.
Super shot.
Fran
maryg 14 66 18 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 4:20PM
Thanks for the interesting write up . great image as well. love the composition
Mary
18 Nov 2009 4:26PM
nice shot
videotec 14 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 4:58PM
A cracker of a shot Colin, very well taken and presented---Great Narration.
Well done
Regards
Pete
Dave_Holdham 13 4 1 Wales
18 Nov 2009 5:04PM
Wonderful image, well captured
18 Nov 2009 5:24PM
Great image N write up, Love your expression Colmer.
Dusan 13 Sri Lanka
18 Nov 2009 5:27PM
Excellent Colin
Thanks for the interesting info
18 Nov 2009 6:48PM
Lovely detail. I have a photo of me taken 50 years ago standing in a field with this as the back drop. I hope to make a return visit soon !
Gill
ChiliMan 16 135 17 Singapore
18 Nov 2009 6:58PM
Wow...handsomely composed and shot. And it sounds like you had a truly magical experience. Cool Smile

A.
18 Nov 2009 7:14PM
superb image,large is a must.ray
alighalam 13 1 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
18 Nov 2009 7:18PM
Great image,well done.
Ali
Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 8:02PM
Lovely landscape - great shot - Ina
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 8:28PM
Well what can i say? its all been said, thanks for sharing this. Brian
nickyv32 15 135 England
18 Nov 2009 8:30PM
Operation Stack looks impressive tonight Colin, hope you will be busy at work......
LOL Nic x
VidB 14 11 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 8:32PM
Nicely composed image , great info, well captured
Dave
A beautiful image, so nicely captured.
Ridgeway 16 222 2 Ireland
18 Nov 2009 8:58PM
Were learning all the time on here,especially with fine write ups like that.
Lovely shot,looks fantastic shot,,and hand held,,very nice.

Aidan,,
gary_d 15 576 13 Wales
18 Nov 2009 9:57PM
A great image so much to see in the large view. - gary
cameragirl 18 43 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 10:40PM
Great image and accompanying information! Thank you for sharing it with us!
prabhusinha 14 5 5 India
19 Nov 2009 6:11AM
A monument is great, after going through the text, it looks more beautiful.
Thanks.
User_Removed 13 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 10:22AM
What a lovely detailed and colourful shot.

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