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Nov 17, 2012 - Montserrat Spain

We decided to go to Monserrat by train no matter what the weather. Perhaps we should have rethought that decision because it rained there and didn’t in Barcelona. The train ride was about an hour long and the scenery was less than spectacular due to the fog and rain. I am glad we chose to ride the funicular and not the cable car to the basilica that day. Despite the weather it was very crowded and the line to see the Black Madonna was very long. The monastery is Catalonia's most important religious retreat and groups of young people from...

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Oct 23, 2011 - To be loved

Sunday, October 23 Today was a day of praying and touring atop Montserrat. There was Mass in the Basilica, the boys choir, the museum filled with Picasso, Monet, and other masters, the “funicular” tram down to the cave and up the mountain, the dancing horse in the crowded plaza, hiking, shopping, and amidst all of those sights and activities, time to reflect on today’s Gospel and our pilgrimage Our points for meditation … The law of love in today’s Gospel is familiar to us. It took Ignatius a long time to accept God’s love. He struggled...

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Oct 22, 2011 - Surrender

Saturday, October 22, 2011 Arantzazu, where we followed Ignatius earlier in the week, was up in he clouds, but today we went even higher. We left Manresa and arrived at Montserrat this morning. The bus climbed up the mountain road, twisting and turning, cars and people on foot crowding both sides of the road. It reminded me of the Tour de France, the way the cyclists ride through a seemingly impossible number of people on both sides of the steep mountain roads. The weather was by turns sunny, cloudy, and rainy. The mood was festive, people...

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May 31, 2010 - Barcelona & Montserrat

We greeted the day refreshed after a good nights sleep, the best in a week. This hotel was comfortable, the room air-conditioning worked, and the atmosphere is much more like the traditional European hotels we enjoy. Continental breakfast fortified us for a long day of sightseeing. Barcelona is a busy and popular port city. Many cruise ships visit here and there were a couple in port today. Our tour took us by the port area past the giant statue of Christopher Columbus at the end of the famous Las Ramblas, the pedestrian street lined with...

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Erin & Espania

Apr 28, 2010 - Day 27 - Barcelona [3] and Montserrat

I hung around near the beach in the morning and headed on a day trip to Montserrat. Its a monastery situated on a really high cliff with amazing views on top. There were a few trek trails from there too. Unfortunately, I didn't have too much time on my hands since I had to get back to pick up luggage and catch my night train to Paris. Will see you in Paris! Byeee

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My Escapades...

Oct 3, 2009 - Barcelona - Montserrat

To the Post Office - another box home - this time 6kg. 11.15am train and on our way to Montserrart (50km northwest of Barcelona). It was a 1 hour trip then onto the cable car up the mountain (did not pay to have a dizzy spell - longest and highest cable car I have seen). The return trip on the cable car was pretty hell raising - did not pay to look down - some of the windows were open - wondered if anyone had ever fallen. What an incredible setting - the Benedictine Monastery sits on the side of a 1236 metre high mountain of weird, bulbous...

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Where is Shirley?

Sep 20, 2008 - Montserrat, Spain

About one hour's train ride from Barcelona is the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat. This morning we took the Metro to the train station and with considerable help from a pair of sympathetic station workers, we managed to buy tickets and board the RIGHT train to Montserrat (no simple feat). I can't speak for the others, but I had no idea what a terrific adventure awaited us this day. When they say mountaintop - they ain't kiddin'. Once we arrived in the town of Montserrat we had to transfer to something called a "rack railway" (think...

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