After a few days back in Norfolk I flew out to Nîmes, and spent a couple of days in Avignon. Today I arrived at L'Abbaye de Sainte-Madeleine at Le Barroux in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. I've posted several times about L'Abbaye, see What purpose do monks serve? and France says "No" - with a little help from Father Joe.
I'll be here for a week living and working with the monks in the Bendictine Community, revelling in the Gregorian Chant sung in all the Divine Offices, and enjoying the wine served with the meals produced from the Abbey's own vineyard. My cell in the monastery here is my second room with a view in a week, here is the monastery with the peak of Ventoux in the background.
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