So we booked one night at a hotel there. We told several people, including some French ones, that we were planning to go. All gave good remarks. "Is very nice" "Really beautiful" "Stay overnight" No one was honest. Although it is beautiful and a wonder and all that, we quickly discovered the reality upon arriving - it is a tourist trap full of cheesy souvenirs and terrible food. Seriously - simultaneously the worst post-cards and food I've ever experienced.
We decided we'd make the most of our fate, however, and do what we could to enjoy ourselves. We made a goal to find the cheesiest postcard on the island to send to my offices (both of which never arrived). We toured the cathedral & monastery (which is now functioning again). Built into the side and top of the mountain, it is truly a wonder. We ate a mediocre crepe and watched people walk through the strange muck that is supposed to be sand. We retreated to our hotel room, which gave the highest view in the village, to watch the tourists flee to their cars when a rain storm moved in.
This last part, the hotel room with the cool view was one of the only redeeming features. As the rain came down, the tide was also rising, and we were able to experience one of the coolest sights - a peninsula became an island in a matter of minutes.
View from our hotel room. You can see how the whole thing is surrounded by water - a few minutes before, it was just sand out there.
After watching some French tv, we decided to head out for some dinner and had what was hands down the worst seafood in the history of man eating seafood. Don ordered a mixed seafood plate. Since we were basically in the middle of the ocean, we thought, hey, probably a good place to order fruits of the sea. Most of it tasted like it had been floating in a bucket of stale salt water for a week. I had a baked seafood and pasta dish which was better, but still not great.
The next morning, we caught an earlier bus so we could get out of there as soon as possible. On to the next French adventure, please! I'm glad we saw it but I would not go back. Consider yourself warned. If you're stranded in Normandy, I'd recommend seeing anything but Mont St. Michel. Or go for about an hour and then leave.
inside the old monastery mess hall
from the top of the hill/cathedral
view from the bus window as we were leaving...