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Monsterrat Monastery and Cava


I’m not planning on giving you a day by day report of our comings and goings for the whole 6 weeks, but Monsterrat is worth a whole post. The mountain range is gorgeous, full of interesting formations.

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It is the location of a Benedictine Monastery built right into the rock.

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It is best known for its “Black Madonna” Statue, and its boys choir. We were fortunate enough to be there for one the performances.

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I was intrigued by the eclectic lighting features – loads of them and no two were the same. I asked about them, and the guide said they were gifts from all the surrounding regions, each handcrafted especially for the monastery.

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After our tour, we went on a fairly challenging hike to a location that provided a great view of the monastery and the surrounding area.

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Our guide wanted proof we made it to the end of the trail, where we found this!

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On our way back to Barcelona, we stopped at a winery for some tasting and learning a bit about the wines from the region. Come to find out, grape vines produce sweeter grapes if they are stressed, so the dry conditions are perfect – which explains why the ones we’re growing at home in our crummy soil are doing so well!

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This particular winery is a small artisan affair, choosing to make small amounts of wine, and specializing in “Cava,” a rose sparking wine, which we thought we wouldn’t like, but did, very much (enough to have 6 bottles shipped home!) Mr. Tattered also learned how to properly open a bottle of bubbly!

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Salud! (We decided we need to learn how to say “cheers” in the language of each country we dink in!) Heeheehee!

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I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

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