The Cistercian order is based on the strict teaching of Saint Bernard of Citeaux. Apropos also the Trappists follow the teachings of Saint Bernard. The rules of the Benedictines are extremely strict: isolation, poverty and simplicity are the only ways to salvation.
Church services alternate with prayer in the abbey. The reading of ecclesiastical text alternates with manual labor. There is never more than seven hours of rest. The first church service is at 2 o'clock at night. The next one is at the crack of the day. The simple meals without meat are taken in silence. The monks sleep (or slept) fully dressed in a communal dormitory without any comfort or heating.
When we have visited the abbey we drive back to the road and turn right to Gordes. The road now climbs against the cliff face of the Sénancole valley.