Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wanderlust: Spain 2007 - Tibidabo & Montserrat

Confession:  I have an obsession with seeing the world.  I read blogs daily written by expats or those two travel constantly.  I am jealous of them and their opportunities to travel this amazing planet.  Therefore I am starting a series that will document my travels.  Some are exciting, some are not.  I intend to make a life of it and will continue to add to this as I go.

While in Barcelona, we decided to spend the last half of a day on Tibidabo, which is a mountain overlooking Barcelona.  On top of the mountain, there is a beautiful cathedral named the Temple de Sagrat Cor, which we took the time to explore.   By the time the sun began to set, the air was more than a little chilly.  While we had worn long sleeves, we hadn't actually prepared for that temperature so we were frigid by the time we made it back down the mountain.  Definitely a worthwhile venture, though.  Check it out.

But wait, there's more! On a separate day, we also explored Monserratt, which is a multi-peaked mountain just outside of Barcelona.  It is the site of a Benedictine monastery and the home of one of Europe's black Madonna's.  It is a placed steeped in fascinating history that I can't do justice by telling it.  Just take my word for it - go experience this place!  We took a cable car to get there.  Now, I am terrified of heights so let's just say I was hanging on to the center pole of the cable car for dear life.  Why would I do that when it would do me no good if the cable snapped, you ask?  I have no idea.  I was just white-knuckled and praying.  It was definitely worth the ride though.

Can you see now why I was terrified?!

One word of advice though.  Do buy some fresh honey while on the mountain.  Do NOT try to get it back to the states even in your checked baggage.  It will get thrown away, even if it was a gift for you father.  (Sorry, Dad!)

Up next, Tarragona and Valencia!

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