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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Where once monks prayed, orchids bloom

Orchids bloom beneath the Cistercian vaults of Vaucelles - Holidays and Weekends in Nord-Pas de Calais:

"For more than 20 years, orchid growers from across the world have been meeting every March at the international festival that takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of Vaucelles Abbey near Cambrai.  Fans of this iconic flower come from as far away as Peru, Taiwan and Malaysia, as well as from all corners of Europe.  But a trip to this extraordinary garden isn’t just a chance to share their passion – it also helps to safeguard this historic abbey, founded in 1145 by Saint Bernard."

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