Mont Saint-Michel, France
It is super easy to get to Rennes from Paris via train. There is a high-speed
train, TGV that runs several times
daily from Paris$B!G(B Gare Montparnasse. The train takes about 2.05 hours.
To travel further to Mont Saint-Michel,
you need to buy a ticket at a bus terminal office of Rennes.
(L) TVG train is going to leave from Gare Montparnasse.
(M) A compartment seat is still used in TGV. A conductor is checking a
(R) A snack car
(L) TVG train just arrived in Gare de Rennes.
(R) A monk at Gare de Rennes
(L) Gare de Rennes
(M) A bus terminal of Rennes
(R) A ticket office, at which we buy a ticket to Mont Saint-Michel.
Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France.
It is located approximately one km
off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River. The
tides can vary greatly, at roughly 14 meters
between high and low water marks. It is nicknamed "St. Michael in
peril of the sea" by medieval pilgrims making
their way across the flats. The mount can still pose dangers for visitors
who avoid the causeway and attempt the
hazardous walk across the sands from the neighboring coast.
(L) Mont Saint-Michel and the causeway
(R) A group of sheep is grazing around the highway to direct to the Mont
The causeway connects the mainland and Mont Saint-Michel. This photo was
taken in May 2011.
Mont Saint-Michel was previously connected to the mainland via a thin natural
land bridge, which before
modernization was covered at high tide and revealed at low tide.
(L) Mont Saint-Michel was the island in 1900's.
(R) The 762 m pedestrian bridge and a road for a shuttle bus were completed
in 2014.(Picture source: Mail on Line, 12.12.2014 )
In 2006, the French prime minister and regional authorities announced €164 million
project to build a hydraulic
dam using the waters of the river Couesnon and of tides to help remove
the accumulated silt deposited by the
rising tides, and to make 'Mont-Saint-Michel' an island again. The project
included the destruction of the causeway
that had been built on top of the small land bridge and enlarged to join
the island to the continent, and was used
as a parking lot for visitors. It will be replaced by an elevated light
bridge, under which the waters will flow more
freely, and that will improve the efficiency of the now operational dam, and the construction of another parking
lot on the mainland. Visitors will use small shuttles to cross the future
bridge which will still be open to pedestrians
(L) Tourists from everywhere come to see the world heritage, Mont Saint-Michel.
(R) Visitors are walking with their feet in shallow sea water of Saint-Malo
(L) Abbey was built upon the bay's lonesome rock.
(M) Information board written in French, English and Jaoanese
(R) Tourists are entering an exciting alley to the top of Mont Saint-Michel.
A various scene observed in the crowded slope approach to the Mont Saint-Michel.
A small island and local community, Mont Saint Michel has a number of shopping
(L) Young girls are sitting-in the stairway.
(R) An old house standing on the cliff in the Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel became famous for the omelette made by a proprietress.
Many well-known politicians
and actor, or actress visited here and tasted a special, but high-priced
A special delicious, but expensive omelette
(L) The cloister (R) The spire of Mont Saint-Michel is visible from the
courtyard outside abbey.
A place of worship
(L) The wall and stairway to and from the chapel
(R) Gargoyles in the Mont Saint-Michel
In Mount Saint-Michel, Mercure Mont Saint Hotel has 100 guest rooms. Le
Saint-Michel Hotel has 39. Both hotels are non-smoking and smoke-free.
(L) Mercure Mont Saint Hotel and a nearby restaurant
(R) Balcony of the Le Relais Saint-Michel Hotel
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
The Gare de Rennes, opened in 1857, is now stood at two hour and five-minute
ride by TGV to Paris. This will
be reduced to one hour and 30 minutes from 2014, after extension of High-speed
(L) Gare Montparnasse - Gare de Rennes TGV train
(R) Departure bulletin board of the Gare de Rennes
Gare de Rennes
A street in the city of Rennes, which is the sister and friendship city
with Sendai, Japan.
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photographs were taken in May, and the article was written in June
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.