Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Visit To Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

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Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I picked up our car in Barcelona and headed to Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine abbey and and its spectacular basilica built against the background of Montserrat, or serrated mountain, an unusual limestone formation eroded over time by wind and rain that creates a wondrous scenery.

The abbey was built against Monserrat's highest point, Sant Jeroni, which rises 1,236 meters or 4,055 feet above sea level. The abbey offers spectacular views of Catalunya below.
The Monastery of  Montserrat was founded in 1025 to honor and commemorate numerous visions of the Virgin Mary. Today, it houses about 80 monks. The abbey draws many pilgrims who come to honor the the Black Virgin, a 12th-century wooden sculpture of Mary.

Monterrat is definitely worth a visit.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visit To Mercat de la Boqueria In Barcelona

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I never feel as though I have explored a city totally unless I visit a local food market.  So, while in Barcelona, I explored and ate at the Mercat De La Boqueria.  And it was delightful.
The Jamón, the seafood, the produce…I did not know where to look first and what to taste next.
It was all so good and fresh. My favorite must have been the egg vendor. Just look at the variety.
Sure we have the Greenmarkets in New York City, but nothing can rival this bounty.

And the prices you ask? I bought a kilo of the most delicious cherries for 2.99 Euros.  One kilo is just over 2 pounds and the Euro is  currently around $1.10.
The last time I checked at the produce store on Court Street before I left, it was selling a pound of cherries for $4.99.  That makes the ones I bought in Barcelona seem like a real bargain.




Monday, June 29, 2015

Impressions of Barcelona, Spain

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As I mentioned before, I am currently in Barcelona, Spain.  Though I have visited Madrid, Segovia, Alicante and the Alhambra in Granada before, I never had the opportunity to spend time in Barcelona.  I am glad I rectified the oversight.

Barcelona is simply beautiful.  It is lively, has beautiful beaches, more than its fair share of great bars and wonderful food, and it is easy to navigate.  Plus, the Catalans are super friendly and helpful.
As you can see from the photos, my husband and I have zigzagged our way around Barcelona in the three days that we have spend here.
The highlight by far was a flamenco performance at the Palau De La Música Catalan we attended last night. And of course, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is unique and inspiring. So was Park Güell.

I will most certainly come back to Barcelona. There is still much to be explored.

PS:
If I have time tonight, I will post photos of our visit to a market. (You know I love markets….)