Friday 24 June 2016

Île Saint-Honorat, near Cannes, France

About a mile off shore from Cannes, the peaceful and petite Île Saint-Honorat has been home to a community of Cistercian monks since the fifth century. About one mile long and four hundred yards wide, the island houses the elegant Lérins Abbey, which is predominantly 19th century and superseded an earlier fortified monastery that still stands on the shoreline. The monks produce wine, welcome tourists and run a restaurant.