November 2009: Poblet is one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in the world and dates from the 12th century. Located about an hour from BarcelonaSpain, Tony and I went with some friends of mine and went on a Spanish-speaking guided tour (English brochures were handed out). The monastery was a peaceful place and included a beautiful courtyard with a fountain. The library was filled with old books and we saw where the monks dined. We were there in the fall, so we had the opportunity to enjoy the colorful scenery of the area.