July 15, 2011
Spain really has to be done in three parts: Pamplona, which is going to be the coolest post ever, Barcelona and Catalonia where I hiked Monserrat Mountain. The last of these is the easiest because there is not much to say about it and since I have a busy day meeting with two brides and have a rehearsal dinner this evening, this is what you are going to get today. But don’t worry! It is soooo pretty!!
My last full day in Spain I decided to go on a tour with a group called Explore Catalunya. We went to Montserrat and Pares Balta Vineyards for the day and I had an incredible time.
The word Montserrat literally means jagged rocks. Which could not be more spot on. While the rocks look smooth from a distance when you get close to them they are made of pink conglomerate. I hiked to the second highest point which offered incredible views.
Also in Montserrat is the Santa Maria de Monserrat Benedictine Abbey. The monastery is absolutely gorgeous. Within the Abbey is the Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin) and is located in the sanctuary of the Mare de Deu de Montserrat, next to the monastery which looks like it is literally build into the mountain. The Escolania, Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir, is one of the oldest in Europe, and performs during religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. Unfortunately, they take the month of July off to be with their families but a wonderful girls children’s choir from England was there to see.
This is the finicular. Also known as: the lazy way up the mountain. And super scary.
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