Mont St-Michel Is an Island Once More

05/23/2016 02:22 pm ET Updated May 24, 2017

It's great to get back to Mont St-Michel to celebrate the long-awaited new bridge connecting it to the mainland. The previous causeway, built more than a century ago to let pilgrims reach the abbey regardless of the tide, altered the bay's water circulation and caused the mud flats around the fabled island to silt up. Eventually, Mont St-Michelᅡᅠwas no longer an island. Now, with the old causeway replaced by a gracefully arcing bridge, the water flows freely and Mont St-Michel isᅡᅠan island againᅡᅠ-- at least at high tide. After hiking all the way to the top of the island, here's a monk's-eye view.

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