Monday Montage: Green Travel and Photography

9/07/2009 01:56:00 AM ·

Going green, traveling green, and seeing green is the topic of this Monday Montage. So sit back, relax with your coffee or tea, and enjoy.


San Juan Del Sur

San Juan del Sur is popular among surfers and is a vacation spot for many Nicaraguan families and foreign tourists consider it an unspoiled alternative to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge and Spa

Set in Costa Rica's central volcanic region, El Silencio Lodge & Spa will be a sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness. Offering a 500-acre private reserve, gently flowing rivers, and hidden waterfalls, it will embed 16 suites and a full-service spa in the thick of pristine tropical cloud forest.

Grandhotel Lienz in Austria

Grandhotel Lienz, a stunning new five-star property that opened in Austria’s medieval city of Lienz in May, is the greenest hotel in the country. Created by Heinz Simonitsch, who was previously Managing Director of Half Moon Club in Jamaica, the first hotel in the Caribbean to become an environmentally friendly hotel, Grandhotel Lienz is a paradigm in energy conservation.

Switzerland: Overnights in a monastery

The monks at Disentis live according to the rule of Saint Benedict, which may still serve as a guiding principle for people questioning their soul and looking for God. A Benedictine monastery seldom remains without guests. Guests and visitors are welcome at the liturgy of the hours and the daily Eucharist. Disentis also has an exclusive proposal for men, the «temporary monastery», which allows guests to partake in the life of the community and spend some days of contemplation.

More than ever, people are asking how to redirect their lives. As Edith Stein once said: “everyone has his or her very own path”. Women interested in learning more about the life at the cloister are welcome to share a few days with the sisters. The guesthouse is simple and offers room for quiet living and days of contemplation. Individual guests and groups are responsible for their own arrangement and meals.

This cloister is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its guesthouse welcomes guests eager to retire from the bustle of daily life and spend some days in contemplation. Twice a year, the nuns propose professionally guided fasting weeks. The cloister church, which also serves as parish church, allows visitors to say their prayers. The house chapel welcomes guests for quiet times and mediation, though they remain free to organize their own stay.
The Franciscan Cloister of Mariaburg sits atop Burgstock hill in the heart of Näfels. The cloister is open to anyone interested in the life of the Franciscan order and for individuals (men and women) and Christians, who wish to temporarily retire from daily hustle and bustle to lead a life of contemplation. Guests may have a brother as a guide during short stays of up to one week. They participate in the daily life of the cloister and possibly add some spiritual exercises.

Read more about the accommodations in the monasteries

Upper Loch Torridon from Inveralligin
© Carolyn Lee
Bealach na Gaoithe
© Dave Ferguson
On Ardsheil Hill
© Richard Webb
Loch Sunart
© Dave Fergusson
Gardens, Scotstown

© Richard Webb

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