Where evening gowns are no longer required

We have to confess that we disappeared because… we were away from Cannes.  We went to Marseille to visit Sarah’s friend for a day. Our excuse – everyone recommends you get away from Cannes for a day in the middle of the festival in order to recharge.

In Marseille, we were very surprised to note that not even one woman was wearing an evening gown at 8.30 in the morning.  Apparently not all French ladies have the same fashion trends as they do in Cannes.

We paid a very short visit to the beautiful old port and then Sarah’s friend – Joe – took us on an amazing hike to see the “Calanques de Luminy.” For those looking for a vacation in the South of France, that’s the place to be!

Old port of Marseille

The calanques of Luminy - a breathtaking scene after a long hike

The calanques of Luminy

On our way back to Cannes, we learned a very important lesson: one can’t trust the French train system.  After missing our train – twice – we were stuck in Marseille for a night, hence the delay in updating the blog.  The one good thing that came out of the train mishap is that we ended up riding in the same compartment as the director of one of the French TV stations. Only in Cannes can missing your train turn into a possible co-production deal.

Then, coming straight from Marseille, we took the boat to the island of Saint Honorat at Lerins. We were invited there to meet the monks who live in that monastery and whose primary mission is to work on ecumenism and religious dialogue. We enjoyed a tour of the magnificent island and a great conversation with the prior of the monastery. We originally didn’t set out to make the film as a spiritual piece, but from the Cannes experience it looks like there are several religious groups that are interested in Three Stories of Galicia and there might be a great potential for the use of the film with them.

On a side note – relevant to our trip to Lerins – the ecumenical jury at Cannes awarded its prize today to a beautiful and highly recommended film by Xavier Beauvois called “Of gods and men.” The film is based on the true story of the monks of Tibhirine (Algeria 1996).

The (new) monastery of Saint Honorat

The view from the top of the 10th Century monastery

Sarah and Olia with Father Gaudrat - the prior of the congregation

Quite impressive: the monks have been using solar energy since 1982!

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