Wednesday 25 April 2018

Causeway Celebre as famed landmark temporarily becomes an Island

WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN: The scene at the world-famous UNESCO site of Mont Saint-Michel
WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN: The scene at the world-famous UNESCO site of Mont Saint-Michel

A Supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.

The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the whole northern French coast, it's especially dramatic at the UNESCO world heritage site, which is normally linked to the mainland only by a narrow causeway.

The high tide, said to rise at the pace of a horse's gallop, turned the Mont briefly into an island yesterday, while the day's low tide allowed people to walk on the expansive flat seabed.

Tidal specialist Nicolas Pouvreau told France 24 the surge was a few centimetres short of expectations.

 

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