I first visited le Mont Saint Michel the day after the total solar eclipse which passed through Normandy in August 1999. It would seem that most of the people who had flocked to Normandy to see the eclipse had had the same idea, I don’t think I have ever been in such a large crowd before, and sadly it made moving around the island at one’s own pace impossible.
Since that visit, I have been back to le Mont Saint Michel twice, but have not been back onto the island itself in either of these two more recent visits. When I was there in 1999, one could drive one’s car quite close to the island and just park somewhere on the side of the road, but things have changed. Now, there is a large car park with a visitor centre about 1.5km from the island, and no cars are allowed any closer than that. To get to the island you can either walk, or take one of the free shuttle buses which run every 10 minutes or so.
Between this car park and the island are some shops and galleries and eating places. There are also these “pop cows”, which certainly brighten up the place!
Here is a gallery of all the cows I managed to spot, but there may be some I missed 😉