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Archive for March, 2010

Montserrat (Day 15)

This is the facade of the basilica at Montserrat–so far, this ancient monastery has been our favorite stop. As I snapped this shot in the courtyard, the cathedral bells were ringing, echoing all around us.

Montserrat is the home of the famous Black Virgin; we waited in line for at least half an hour to see her. She’s dated to the 12th century, so pretty amazing.

After Montserrat, we visited the seaside town of Sitges, and it was beautiful, being on the shores of the Med and all. We were disappointed, after the glories of Montserrat, because we arrived during

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Day 14, Barcelona

Today’s tour included Casa Batllo, designed as a private home by Gaudi. Since he based many of his designs on shapes found in nature, sea shells, the ripple of waves, honeycombs, etc., his work has tremendous flow and beauty. Add colorful mosaic tiles by the millions, and the effect is lovely.

After the Casa Batllo, we headed down the street to visit La Pedrera, also a Gaudi creation, meant originally as an apartment house. Here, there were more flowing lines, and the balcony railings showed off the most unique metal work.

My journal is so fat it won’t close anymore.

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The Pony Express carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail over more than 650,000 miles during those nineteen months and lost only one mail sack.