Spirituality: On the smaller Saint-Honorat, one of the oldest active communities of monks in France continues to make award-winning wines and an herbal liqueur called Lérina. There’s no modern technology here, just traditionally robed men of the cloth wandering along ancient parapets. Pick up authentic Provençal honey and lavender oil, both produced at the monastery.
The Abbaye de Senaque is a beautiful 12th century abbey in the Vauclause region of southern France, near the Provencal town of Gordes. Senanque was the first of three Cistercian abbeys called the Three Proven Sisters. During the summer, the lavender fields surrounding the abbey are spectacular.
Rila Monastery, Sofia, Bulgaria. Amazing place to visit, I've been here. The inside of the chapel looks like solid gold, I think it's bronze. The monk we saw was a bit tipsy, though... A little too much communion wine perhaps ;) lol. We saw another monk in robes using a cell phone. :)
Pack a picnic and set out to discover the untamed wilderness of Sainte-Marguerite. Head southwest toward pointe du Dragon, passing natural maritime pines and exotic eucalyptus trees planted here in 1860. Beyond the brackish pond, Etang du Batéguier, you’ll reach a bunker from the Second World War and an observation platform offering stunning views.