Our early-morning climb up the lovely winding path, through the forest and on the mountain-side with lovely vistas of the valley far below was a treat in itself, but even if we were prepared, we were awed when the majestic Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou suddenly appeared before us, as we turned a final corner. The monastery is stunning, not only because of its location and architecture, but also because of its lovely interior. The Abbey's location reminded us somewhat of Greece's Metéora Monasteries, perched as it is on a secluded peak in an isolated mountain range—far from secular life, well hidden in the valley far below. Its interior, however, is very European. We especially loved the relief sculptures of sheep, doves and other animals, which topped the marble columns in the ancient scriptorium, with poetic views of the peaks that surround the Abbey. We were also moved by the beauty of the Abbey's cloister, ancient crypt and abbey-church, so lovingly taken care of by the Beatitudes community for which the Abbey is home. And thanks to Sr. Claire, our learned guide, we made our visit to the also unforgettable (though very different) "Prieuré de Serrabona" a must, during our stay in France's Roussillon region!