04/20/2010 - 04/20/2010
We had two sunny days in Barcelona, the capital of Cataluña, one of Spain’s seventeen autonomous communities. The Columbus monument stands at the port end of Las Ramblas, the pedestrian streets.
Barcelona’s subway and train system was easy to navigate so we decided to go out of the city to the pilgrimage site of Montserrat on our own. We saw this fun bridge from our window as we sped out toward the mountains.
The mountains of Montserrat must have been inspiration for Antoni Gaudi’s fanciful architectural style! The medieval monastery is situated in an area that had been inhabited by hermits since 1000 AD.
The funicular up the mountain – really cool!
A view from the top
The basilica houses the 12th century “Black Madonna”.
We took another cable car to go even higher. These preschoolers were on an outing with their teachers. Three teachers bring a gazillion tiny tots….
….up here! Yikes! We bring them to apple orchards!
A tip top view
Looking back down - wow.