A Day Trip to a Monastery!

As we suspected we would be, we’ve been fairly negligent so far in our adventure here in exploring Spain. We’ve focused on European travel at the cost of not exploring our own back door. Well, last weekend we tried to rectify that. The girls had a 5 day long weekend (*love* Europe!) and they refused out-of-country travel and insisted on staying closer. Spoiled kids!

Our first day of travel we took the (local) train …

… to a famous monastery in the mountains just an hour or so from Barcelona.

It’s called Montserrat, and to be honest, I don’t know anything about it. It’s Catholic (duh) and there are still some clergy walking around, and there’s an opulent church …

What we had come for is the amazing setting. The monastery is perched on the side of a bare rock mountain-side.

We took a funicular train thing up the hill to get there, and it went super steep …

And then we took a hike out to a visit point under a cross …

Instead of taking the funicular down we took the Gondola. The sign says it was made almost 100 years ago! Safety third!

But it was an amazing view on the way down!

Then it was back to Barcelona to get ready for a weekend trip to Girona!

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