FRANCE (Lyon). 2011. Ile Barbe. Just outside Lyon, Ile Barbe island, with its medieval atmosphere, emerges from the Saone, and entices walkers to discover this secretive and shady bastion on the water. Private residences beyond the park and playground. The seat of a powerful abbey in the Middle Ages, the Benedictine monastery housed the “Charlemagne Library” destroyed by the Protestants in the 16th century. On site: a gourmet restaurant called l’Auberge de l’Ile.