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Stephen H wrote a review Aug 2020
Brussels, Belgium440 contributions82 helpful votes
Great afternoon visiting the Mont, its "ruelles" and the fortifications. Really cool place, but expect to be surrounded by people all the time. Tiny streets, people all around you, and constant sound. Have to go at least one, but will on return if taking other people.
Date of experience: July 2020
CamperTravel wrote a review Jul 2020
Cuijk, The Netherlands217 contributions271 helpful votes
A great stroll which sums up the atmosphere of Mont Saint Michel. We were lucky to be there early (we took the second shuttle bus of the day!) and the street is practically empty. It was crowded when we left at 13:00!
Date of experience: July 2020
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Acineto wrote a review May 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand15,723 contributions582 helpful votes
The start of the street was being redone so we couldn't just walk around. We ended up going around instead of down the main street. There were nice views but missed going down the main street.
Date of experience: January 2020
Stephenbkk20156 wrote a review Jan 2020
Okayama Prefecture, Japan716 contributions295 helpful votes
We figured it was probably a lovely place, quaint and ancient at the same time. Great location, though we couldn't see much of it from the street. A medieval, narrow, winding, stone-built street, crammed with gift hops and other tourist chaff merchants. We had taken over 2 hours getting there from the moment we first saw the Mont from our car. Parking lot, shuttle bus, walking up there from the bridge - they all took time, but when we stepped through the gateway into this street, we felt we had arrived. Unfortunately, there was no time at all to stop and enjoy it. People, everywhere. Surging crowds. Wanderers. No time to look around, or take in our surroundings. Too busy avoiding bumping into people and looking for our next footing. Attention focused only on what was immediately in front of us. Tried to get out of the crowds. Stepped into the Tourist Centre. Climbed steep stairs to the ramparts. Finally found a stone seat that allowed my wife to sit and pause. Everywhere the same: a sense of great things around us, but the immediate problem was always the same. Lots of people, continually wanting to move on. We left.…
Date of experience: August 2019
MichaelMc777 wrote a review Dec 2019
Sunnyvale, California4,540 contributions496 helpful votes
The street is filled with restaurants and little souvenir shops. Some of the restaurants offer lovely views of the bay - make reservations in high season. It is nicest to stroll in the late afternoon, when most the tourist busses have left back for Paris. Many of the shops where closing somewhat early 5-6 pm in May. There are also little side stairs, to walk up on to the fortifications/walls - this will offer wonderful views of the abbey, town, and bay. Seeing the sunset behind Mont-Saint-Michel is almost magical!! I suggest standing back 4-5 hundred meters, for an amazing perspective and pictures. The month of May has very few tourists in general. …
Date of experience: May 2019