Rest, Relaxation and Montserrat

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Today we slept in until around 9:30-10:00 and then went downstairs for the big breakfast buffet that included all the Catálan deliciousness such as tomato bread, manchego cheese, strawberry juice and ham leg (cured Iberian ham).  After that hearty meal we decided we couldn't just stay at the castle and lay around, so we headed for Monistrol de Monserrat.  Monistral de Montserrat or Montserrat Vila sits at the base of the mountain and from here it is recommended you park and catch the Cremallera de Monserrat.  I know it sounds delicious, but it is really just a railway that takes you up the mountain to the monastery.  Not for the faint of heart I might add, as the Cremallera goes straight up the mountain with a sheer cliff on one side.  Don't sit next to the window if you are afraid of heights! 

Montserrat the monastery sits in an odd formation of rock mountains.  Montserrat literally means "jagged (serrated) mountain." Montserrat is famous for the "black virgin of Montserrat",  a statue of the virgin and baby Christ carved out of wood. The statue was carved sometime in the 12th century and it is one of several "black" Madonna's in Europe.  The statue is housed in the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat and is now a site of pilgrimage. Chelsea and I waited in a long line very patiently to file by her, and touch her left hand which holds an orb and is extended out of the glass casing.

The view from Montserrat is of course fabulous.  You are way high up in these rock mountains with all the countryside spread out before you.  The grounds are lush and landscaped with ivies and flowers.  The surroundings are very serene. 

Unfortunately the Montserrat boys choir is on holiday from the end of June through the end of August, so we didn't get to hear them sing in the cloister as they do each day at 1:00; I guess we can buy a CD.

After taking the train back down the mountain, we drove back to Parador de Cardona to take an afternoon siesta.  Tonight we again had a lovely Catálan based dinner in the castle restaurant.  Tomorrow we head back to Barcelona for our last in the city before flying home.

Trobaré a faltar Barcelona i el bell país d'Espanya.

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Aunt Mary on

Have enjoyed your travel updates and the beautiful pix. It looks like the two of you are having a great time. Enjoy your final days.

jimmy on

beautiful pictures and wonderfully written.

netty, there's a future for you in travel writing and blogging.

i think i heard that you're supposed to remain in spain for at least one more week! i didn't get to live as much of a vicarious life through your blogs as i had hoped, so i'm mandating that you stay at least one more week. on me, of course! ;-)

holy cow (my nice word for excrement rhyming with zap! was flagged as profane, and they wouldn't let me publish this)! even i don't have a six speed car!

two more blogs? pretty please...

Aunt Mabel on

Great trip! Have a safe return home! I love you both!

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