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  • Day11


    March 6, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    We all caught up again, stayed in a cool little Spanish bungalow & went to the Montserrat Monastery. Said our sad goodbye to the lads who flew to London & we flew to Geneva & staying in France tonight! Big day but well worth the effort.Read more

  • Day11

    More monseratt

    March 6, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    The monostry was again a feat to behold. Then flying over the Swiss/French alps and checking the slopes we are about to shred.

  • Day842

    Montserrat - monastery and mountain

    September 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    50km northwest of Barcelona, legend has it that Montserrat mountain was "sawn by angels to make a throne for the Virgin Mary" and once you actually see the mountain, you know that the description fits perfectly.

    The limestone turrets of rock extend from its 1236m-high bulk where halfway up lies the Benedictine Monestir de Montserrat, home to the Black Madonna, one of Spain's most revered icons. The monastery was founded in 1025 to commemorate visions of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by celestial light and a chorus of holy music, experienced by shepherds and is Spain's second most important pilgrimage sight after Santiago di Compostela.

    The Black Madonna is a Romanesque dark wooden figure holding the infant in her lap, that takes pride of place high above the main altar. Traditionalists believe it was carved by St. Luke and hidden by St. Peter in the mountains. From the long, snaking queue of people who were lining up to touch the icon, it seems that version is very popular still.

    Together with our Dutch friends, Hans and Mireille, we timed our visit to coincide with a short performance by the boys choir and we were not alone! The Basilica, adjacent to the monastery, was absolutely packed with tourists from all over the world who spoilt the atmosphere a little by holding up cameras and tablets while the service was taking place.

    Once outside again, we wandered around and took in the superb views high above the surrounding plains where mountain hiking and trails dispersed some of the crowds.
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  • Day7

    Wir sind in Montserrat

    September 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Zum Glück regnet es nur ein bisschen..., aber dafür haben wir wenigstens schlechte Sicht😉
    Und es ist voller Asiaten...

  • Day7

    Wir gehen ins Kloster

    September 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach Spritpreisen über die wir nur jubeln können (1.02€) 🥳 müssen wir ziemlich schnell aus Andorra abzischen, denn ausgerechnet heute kommt der französische Präsident Emmanuel Macron zu Besuch. Also nichts wie los zum Kloster Montserrat - einem Ort der Andacht und asiatischen Reisegruppen. Ziemlich beeindruckend erstreckt dieses sich auf einer Höhe von 751 Metern mitten im Berg. Heute ist es übrigens das zweitwichtigste Wallfahrtziel in Spanien und auch wir sind total hin und weg.Read more

  • Day4

    Aeri de Montserrat

    March 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Slept in later than we had planned, though neither of us were upset about it. After crossaints and espresso, we boarded the train for an hour long journey to the cable car functario. The train was packed to standing room only, and we had the pleasure of listening to a group of women's inane babble the whole ride, which was unfortunate for us. We practically sprinted off the train when the doors opened to get away from them as soon as possible.

    That proved a good decision, because the line to use the cable car was quite long, so we at least ended up in front of the rest of the group from our train. It was a long wait, so we whipped out the books we were smart enough to pack, which distracted us from some children whose behavior was only worse then the parenting they received.

    Eventually it was our turn to ride up to the monestary, and the view along the way was truly spectacular. Once at the top, we went looking for some food and drink, and more importantly, a place to finally sit down.

    The lines for the two restaurants were unappealing, so we settled on some cheese, nuts, honey, and a beer. It hit all the right spots, and feeling better, we walked around until we made it to the church.

    After spending enough time in the high altitude, we started back to the cable car -- neither of us wanted to miss the next train. We shared a cable car with our delightful female friends from the reason ride in, but it was well worth the price of just barely making the train home (though we did make sure to board a train car several down from them).

    We're looking forward to dinner, which I will guarantee is going to be at a sit down restaurant.
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  • Day3

    Montserrat (cont’d)

    January 9, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    The Benedictine Abbey can be reached by road, by the Aeri de Montserrat cable car, or by the Montserrat Rack Railway. The lower stations of both the rack railway and the cable car can be reached by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya train from Barcelona's Plaça d'Espanya station. From the abbey, the Funicular de Sant Joan funicular railway goes up to the top of the mountain, where there are various abandoned hovels in the cliff faces that were previously the abodes of reclusive monks, while the Funicular de la Santa Cova descends to a shrine.Read more

  • Day8

    רכבת הרים!

    October 14, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    עלינו ברכבת ההרים (במובן הלא לונה-פארק-י של המילה, אלא פשוט רכבת בהרים) Funicular de Sant Joan לחלק הגבוה יותר של ההר.
    הרכבת היא בשיפוע מלחיץ של 65 מעלות, אבל התחושה היא של 75 מעלות לפחות!
    טיפסנו עוד קצת ברגל לכמה נקודות תצפית יפות, הייתה רוח טובה והיה מאד יפה ונחמד.
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  • Day2

    Der Berg ruft

    January 7, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Ich finde ja wenn man schon vor dem Frost flüchtet, muss man aber auch verflixt darauf aufpassen, dass es nicht zu warm wird. Aus diesem Grund sind wir heute auch sicherheitshalber auf den Berg gefahren - und zwar nach Montserrat. Nach einer gemütlichen Stunde im Bummelzug erreichten wir den Ort Monistrol de Montserrat. Von dort düsten wir dann mit der top modernen Zahnradbahn zum Kloster von Montserrat. Zurück ins Tal ging es dann mit der Seilbahn.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Esparreguera, إيسبارغويرا, Esparraguera, اسپارگرا, Էսպառագերա, Эспаррегера, Аспаррагера, 埃斯帕拉格拉

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