I am gradually recovering after a long trip. Am browsing my photo archives. I have decided to periodically publish some stories and photos relating to some of the places I visited recently.
Here’s my account of the Montserrat tour.
The official name of the tour (9 March 2017) was Early Access to Montserrat. We were supposed to meet at 6.50am at Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona. There was a small delay with the bus, so we bought some coffee, chatted with our lovely bilingual (Spanish and English) guide Sacha and amongst ourselves, the tourists. Finally, we got on the road, and headed towards the Montserrat mountains, to the monastery called Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. It is about 50km away from Barcelona. Thanks to an early start, we avoided crowds and were able to enjoy the early morning which was magic at the mountains. The monastery is an impressive site, has a few large buildings, and you could visit the basilica with the famous black Madonna, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Dalí, and Picasso, and other wonderful works of art, and even taste good wines produced at the monastery. The Boys’ Choir is one of the oldest and famous in Europe, and we saw their videos and listened to their recordings. I managed to have a ride at Funicular de Sant Joan (a very steep train), and enjoy the views at the top. There are lots of other things you could do there, including hikes, but we were pressed for time – the tour was to finish at about 2pm at the same Plaça Catalunya. It was an unforgettable day, and I would like to come back to explore it even better sometime in the future.
I was in high spirits after visiting such a remarkable place, and full of energy (also, the fact that the tour finished early helped), and I went to a gay venue where I met some nice guys. I had a good time with them.
And here are some pictures of the tour: