Anniversary cruise, May 2016
Yet another walled city. The Roman wall that encircles the city centre is a World Heritage Site.
The wall from on top.
Further along the wall.
The spectacular altarpiece of the cathedral.
Another view of the altarpiece.
Roman bathing pool excavated near the cathedral and covered with protective glass. Supposedly part of an Iseum, or temple dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Medieval cloister, now part of the city museum.
An old gate in the wall.
A newer gate, formed by demolishing a section of the Roman wall.
Mont Saint-Michel, France
First view of Mont Saint-Michel, from a bridge over the River Couesnon.
The approach over the new causeway, completed in 2014. The spire of the abbey is encased in scaffolding, awaiting the return of the statue of St Michael which is being re-gilded.
The main shopping street.
The view from part way up the Mount.
Looking up to the abbey.
There were dozens of people in guided groups crossing the estuary, up to their knees in water and mud.
The view back to the causeway.
The nave, on the topmost of the three floors of the abbey.
Cloister and rooftop garden alongside the nave.
On the next level down, the monks' dining hall.
Alongside the dining room, the Knights' Hall, where the monks entertained visiting benefactors.
Massive pillars in the crypt, supporting the upper two floors.
Treadmill, used to haul supplies and building materials up to the abbey.
The near-vertical slide operated by the treadmill.
Mary by the treadmill.
Back down to street level, by now totally packed with tourists.
The pilot's boat preparing to carry him back to Saint-Malo from our departing ship .
Arriving in Portsmouth past the naval yard, with the Spinnaker Tower beyond.
The Spinnaker Tower, from Portsmough Harbour Station.
... and finally
Back home, with the wistaria in full bloom.