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Hiking on Montserrat

It wasn’t much of a walk — 40 minutes, mostly uphill, and then 20 minutes back, mostly downhill. But my hike from the monastery to St Michael’s Cross was the highlight of the four hours we spent on Montserrat last … Continue reading

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More on the Monastery at Montserrat

We spent four hours visiting the monastery at Montserrat one day during our week-long stay in Barcelona last October. In my previous posting (see here) I concentrated on the photos I took¬† of the Black Madonna and the Boys’ Choir … Continue reading

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The Black Madonna of Montserrat

Her official name is Mare de Deu de Montserrat (Mother of God of Montserrat) but most Catalans call her “La Moreneta (the little dark-skinned one)” and Pope Leo XIII appointed her the patron saint of Catalonia in 1881. Most tourists … Continue reading

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MM 2-42 The View from Montserrat in Monochrome

On our day-trip visit to Montserrat from Barcelona last Fall I went on a hike to an overlook called St Michael’s Cross. I was about half-way there¬† — about twenty minutes from the monastery — when I took this picture … Continue reading

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MM 2-41: Montserrat in Monochrome

I have been working on the photos I took that one day last October when we visited the monastery at Montserrat and I thought that perhaps one of them would look nice in monochrome and so I picked this one … Continue reading

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The Black Bus to Montserrat

“The bus stops right across the street,” the Tourist Information receptionist told me. “And it leaves promptly at 8:30 so get there by at least 8:15. And don’t forget it’s a black bus.” I memorized everything she said, including the … Continue reading

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Getting to Montserrat

There are three ways of getting from Barcelona to Montserrat, Catalonia’s most sacred mountain and Spain’s first national park. You can rent a car and drive northwest for about 60 km; you can take the R5 train (toward Manresa) from … Continue reading

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Montserrat from St. Michael’s Cross

We went on a day-long bus trip to Montserrat during our recent vacation in Barcelona and I hiked up the mountain to an overlook called St Michael’s Cross and took this shot of the Benedictine monastery. It will be my … Continue reading

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We’re Back from Barcelona!

We just got back from our second trip to Spain. Five years ago we visited Madrid and several towns north and west of Madrid (Segovia, Valladolid, Benavente, Zamora, Salamanca and Avila) plus Granada. This time we spent seven days in … Continue reading

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