A very small number of people live on the island and are ready to fleece the visitors in their gift shops and cafes as the visitors ascend. Also, a few monks live in the monastery again. We saw a few nuns as well.
Our arrival ...
More than 3 million people visit each year! We were, of course, distinguished visitors.
It was a long climb, but the effort was well rewarded. This photo is only half way up.
Here's a juxtaposition (Daryl's word) showing the ancient (building) and the new (jet-streams above).
A little piece of paradise close to the top...
He felt like singing "Underneath the Arches," but divine guidance saved the day (and he hadn't had any alter wine yet).
Tomorrow, we're off to the Loire Valley.
See you then!