Fri May 4 – Montserrat & Wine Tour
Early start to catch a tour bus for a 1 hour ride up to near the top of Montserrat, the Benedictine Abby founded 1000 years ago. We were given a 30 minute tour, then free for 2 hours to roam around. We prayed at the statue of the Black Virgin, a gold & painted wooden statue of Mary with Baby Jesus, found in a nearby cave, carried to where it couldn’t be carried further according to legend. There a church was built around it, and that became the cathedral. To get to the statue, which is visible in an area high above the alter, we stood in line, climbed several short flights of stairs, and then had a few moments alone with the statue. Later we returned to the cathedral to listen to the boys choir, which was founded 800 years ago, sing 2 hymns. Bought some cheese at the cheese, honey and date booths along the roadside there, then bussed 30 minutes down to a 1000-year old vineyard where we had lunch, toured the property, walked through the vineyards and had a 4-wine wine tasting.
Sat May 5 – Barcelona
Walked across the bridge and around the island mall, past the yacht show (wow), to the beach in a light rain, then a mile or so down the beach to meet friends of Tom and Linda’s for lunch at a fabulous paella restaurant. Great food, good beer, worth it. Walked back to the Columbus column blocks from our place to buy wine for the cruise in the underground wine shop, and came out to pounding rain. Walked back to our appointment, rested up for an hour, and then walked over to La Rambla to our Flamenco Tabloa restaurant for more food and a Flamenco dancing, singing and quitar show. Last night in Barcelona