Meditative Magic

Bliss in the sun is just a ferry ride from Cannes

Mention of a vacation on the French Riviera usually evokes visions of the Casino in Monte Carlo, topless celebrities in St.-Tropez or glamorous hotels like the Negresco in Nice. But I like to get away from all that and head for a tranquil monastery on an island in the Mediterranean Sea a mile off the coast of Cannes. The monks at the Abbaye de Lerins on Ile St.-Honorat have, I admit, always been my kind of guys. Early to bed and early to rise, they lead simple, structured and disciplined lives. Silent and humble, they meditate and chant and are ecology-minded....

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