Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz - 2002

Glowing Carrere marble was all over the place. It was just so totally at odds with the simple life St. Benedict advocated for monks and nuns that it was mind-boggling. The wealth displayed in that Abbey would have made a Romanov blush! It was so gloriously “kitschy” and overdone that it inspires as gasp from every visitor.

The grounds were flower-filled and much more conducive to contemplation, but we saw no monks nor any of their 800 coed students. But it is clear they are here because the grounds and gardens are very well maintained.

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