This year we were invited to a wedding in Folgueroles, Spain, so we postponed our vacations till September and decided to visit the south of France, with a quick visit to Monaco and Italy. As we flew to Barcelona, our first cache was at [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2BYV3]Barcelona Airport (T1)[/url].
#3336, 2012/09/03 13:15
Before starting the climb uphill, we carefully read the signs and the information about the abbey. There are only a few guided tours per day and we didn´t want to miss it.
We took about 40 minutes to walk the 300 meters up and 1600 meters along the curvy path. On our way up, we visited the church of Saint Martin le vieux. The mountains around us and the wonderful landscape, went along with us, all the way up.
As soon as we arrived we bought our tickets for the next visit.
It is an amazing place, indeed. We took the guided tour and it was well worth it. We're glad that they have a living community here at this wonderful place. Hopefully it will last for another 1000 years. The guide explained the legend of St. Martin, and took us along the main features of the complex, telling us the very short version of the abbey.
We enjoyed every detais, the cloister, the underground church and the new upper church. It is a pity that we couldn't climb the stairs of the tower.
After the visit, the guide told us to go to the belvedere and our GPS agreed!
All the other tourists went to the belvedere, too, so we had to wait till they went down again, to search for the cache.
It was an easy find and we appreciated the view to the abbey a little bit upper hill than the common view.
We couldn't go down without taking a peek to the [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1Y2DZ]Capella de Sant Benet[/url].