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Jadore Paris ; A Week in France

/ Claudia Chang / Tracy Hsu

Jadore Paris ; A Week in France


HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

/ Claudia Chang / Tracy Hsu

Mont St. Michel is quite far from Paris around 360 km away. I went there by car, which is probably the fastest and cheapest way to get there. My dad decided to rent a car for 2 days and we not only drove to Mont St. Michel but also to a few castles outside Paris. It was a really long drive from Paris to Mont St. Michel almost 4 hours! Think about how thats only the trip there it ended up being over 8 hours there and back. I felt sorry for my dad since he was the one that drove the entire way while I slept more than half the way. Sorry Daddy! It took us a bit longer to get there because we stopped in a few small towns and visited a few famous castles (this will be for another time!). Once you get there, you must park in their vast parking area and then walk for around 10 minutes until you get to where the buses are. There are many buses and it only takes 3 minutes to get to the island so you dont have to worry about waiting. On the left side of the photo (not shown), there is a place where you can take nice photos! Inside the Abbey The abbey is at the very top of the island and can be identied by the tall, sharp thing at the top. There is an entrance fee to go in and I nd that one of the best things about France is that in many places, you can go in for free if youre under 18 years old. I got to go in for free in places like the Louvre, Muse dOrsay, the top of Arc du Triomphe, and a few more other ones. The tickets arent particularly expensive but expect around 10 Euros or more. Here are a few photos inside the abbey:

Jadore Paris ; A Week in France


Afterthoughts

/ Claudia Chang / Tracy Hsu

In my opinion, the inside of the abbey wasnt anything special compared to other castles in France. However, I must say that the entire island itself has a really unique taste to it and its gorgeous on a sunny day. I would have loved to stay until the night and to enjoy the night scene but my family and I couldnt wait until night falls. If you take up a travel guide book, you may nd that they suggest you to go to this restaurant where they serve omelettes. Dont ever go there! I honestly dont know why they would suggest it, but the food they serve there are so expensive that its not even worth it. Can you imagine eating an omelette for over 100 Euros? Thats almost NT$5000 (depending on the rate exchange). And the thing is, you cant even share one among your family. If you go in, everyone has to order one. It denitely looks like a very good restaurant with all the people lining up and the kitchen is displayed for everyone to see the chefs working. But it really isnt worth it!

I really enjoyed going to Mont St. Michel and I hope anyone who plans on going to France in the future will get to go there as well. Without a doubt, Paris itself is absolutely stunning (especially at night!) but if you have extra time, you should denitely rent a car and drive around. Please stay tuned for more about Paris next time!

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