Hi! Hope ya’ll had a great weekend! So, it’s the start of a new week and I thought I’d better start writing about our road trip through France before it starts seeping out of my mind!
Maybe I’ve mentioned this before, but at times it takes ET some effort to get me out of my comfort zone. This vacation he suggested was one of those incidents. In this case, the comfort zone was crossed when I heard the word France. Don’t they just speak French there? Uh, yes, he said, but what the heck, it’s not like you’ve never been there before. But he didn’t understand, I was there before and my experiences with the language barrier were not that wonderful and I wasn’t in a hurry to repeat them. But eventually I stepped out of my comfy place, packed up the car, held onto his hand and went along… determined to keep a positive open mind about everything we would encounter. And it was all good. Here goes…
Day 1 and 2, Mont Saint Michel and Granville
The trip from our home to the hotel near Mont Saint Michel took us about 9hrs, not bad actually, considering we drove through Paris. Nope, not even a stop. As I don’t think Paris can be enjoyed in just a few hours, Paris will have to wait for another time.
Mont Saint Michel
This abbey/town is a must see for anyone visiting northern France. The view is magnificent, especially at night. The first night we took it slow and just drove around looking at the view from far off and in search of a place to have dinner. The next day after breakfast we headed towards Mt. St. Michel. They’ve changed things around a bit and you can no longer park directly near the abbey. Now, the parking lot is quite far from the abbey, but still within walking distance. Hey, if I can walk it, anyone with two good legs can walk it! We knew it would be a far walk from the parking lot because my sister-in-laws had been there a few months before and warned us to bring good walking shoes. There are free shuttle busses to the abbey though and anyone not good on their feet may just ride the bus. When we got there, the first thing was to visit the tourist info and get a map of the place, but we ended up just following the crowd to the top. Took a tour of the inside of the abbey, which I think is a must if you’re going there. The 9 Euro entrance fee is definitely worth it.
Granville is about 50km north of Mt. St. Michel and is known as the Monaco of the north with its famous casino built there in 1910. Christian Dior, probably Granville’s most famous citizen, was also born here in 1905. His house of birth is now a museum. By the way, my very first eye makeup was by the house of Dior, my mom bought it for me for Christmas one year and I didn’t even realize what I had at the time, so I have a little soft spot for Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and co. I’ll never know how much she paid for it, but I must say that my budget never caught up with the resulting taste I developed back then, lol!
After walking around the bustling historic part of town we headed for the supermarket and got some “takeout” dinner of bread, salami sticks, and our leftover grapes from home and headed for the beach where we perched ourselves on some comfy rocks and ate our dinner picnic style.
Here are some pics that I’m just going to let speak for themselves because this place is basically beyond a description. The pics were taken with the only decent picture taker I have, my phone, which keeps things mobile and smart.
The entire region does have something mysterious and magical about it.
Mont Saint Michel
Where we stayed
Hôtel Restaurant Les 4 Salines
Let me start off by saying that the hotel is clean and simple. No need to get worried when you see the outside, it’s a bit on the shabby side and at first you might think you’ve entered the realm of Hotel California, but it is ok…breakfast was ok also. Nothing to rant and rave about and if you’re looking for real coffee then you must go someplace else, but it served our purpose of visiting Le Mt. St. Michel the next day. We stayed two nights and we had a weird chair made out of a solid piece of wood in our room, not something I would decorate a hotel room with, lol! Whenever I stay somewhere I’m forever rearranging and redecorating in my mind!
Where we ate
restaurant La Fermette in Beauvoir
The evening was a mild one and everyone was eating outside on the big terrace. Since it was quite full outside we decided to eat inside, where we were not alone for very long. Apparently the locals like to eat here too and that is always a good sign! ET and I agreed, that it was the best eat-out experience we both had in France yet. ET had grilled lamb and I had a salad with grilled chicken, along with a shared small bottle of wine and an espresso to finish off, it was a delicious meal. The staff was friendly and spoke English, although I tried my best to order in French. ET does great at chit-chatting with people in French so I felt very at ease…esp. after the wine.
All in all, we had two wonderfully sunny days filled with all that one could wish for. We must have walked at least 15km that day and it felt so good to plop our little heads on our pillows that night. Next, we would be headed for the Atlantic coast. Check it out here -> Road Trip France, Part 2
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!
And just wanted to mention this, whether I’m blogging about escapes, or makeovers or anything else, with all that’s happening in our world in these days, these are our days, so keep your chins up and walk in faith.