The town also boasts the Abbaye de Gellone, which was founded in 804 and then reconstructed in the 11th-century. You can find the cloisters in the back of the Abbaye, which is where the monks lived. Today, part of the cloisters (which were dismantled during the French Revolution) can be found in The Cloisters Museum in NYC.
After our Abbaye tour, we winded around the quaint, little side streets of town, doing some shopping and stopping for some truly amazing gelato. I had one scoop of Lemon and one scoop of Raspberry-Cranberry-Hibiscus. Devon had one scoop of Mango and one scoop of Jasmine, and Michael had one scoop of Passion Fruit-Banana-Lime-Mango and one scoop of Caramelized Cinnamon Apple. Whew! This gelato place did not mess around!
After we'd had our fill of town, we headed a few miles back down the road to visit the Grotte di Clamouse, a living cave that was carved out of an underground river and finally discovered in 1945. We took the hour long, guided tour (with audio in English) and traversed through the sprawling cave, and up and down a LOT of stairs. Needless to say, I was bringing up the rear of the group, but I made it! It was really cool to see all the different formations, stalactites, stalagmites, straws, draperies, and pillars. Touring the cave is something we've talked about doing since last summer, so I was really excited that we got to check it out. The cave has an interesting history, and you can read about the legend here.
We made one last stop after the Clamouse - a quick hike to the banks of the Hérault river to admire the Pont du Diable, or Devil's Bridge. This historical monument was originally constructed in 1030 by Benedictine monks to connect the Abbaye de Gellone to the Abbaye de Aniane. Today it also serves as an entrance to the beautiful gorges of the Hérault valley. The best view of the bridge can be seen from the swimming holes near the base. After that, it was time to call it a day. I'm so glad we got to show Devon this beautiful part of the south of France - one of my favorite day trips from Montpellier!