Our last day in Barcelona was spent mostly in the mountains of Monserrat.
Monserrat has not only been made popular due to it’s rocky formation, but also because it houses a monastery where The Black Madonna is enshrined. The Black Madonna is believed to have been carved in Jerusalem during the early days of the church, and is the Patron Saint of Catalonia.
Our tour bus left from our meeting point at exactly 7am. The drive took us a little over an hour as we had to stop for coffee and a quick bite before heading up the mountain.
The fog was still thick when we reached the monastery, then the skies began to clear as the sun’s rays started to come out.
Our guide showed us inside the church, then towards the Black Madonna.
Through the passage on the way out, we were given a chance to light a candle and offer our individual prayers.
Higher up the mountain, via a funicular ride, is where you can find breathtaking views of the rocky formation and the countryside.
On this tour we met a lovely couple from Florida, who gave us some tour tips for our next few destinations.
We finished our tour by 1pm, so we had rest of the afternoon to see more of Barcelona.
On our list were Barceloneta Beach, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.
However, we were so tired to explore.
We decided to spend the remaining afternoon ‘people watching’ along the street of Las Ramblas while sipping Sangrias and sampling paellas and tapas.
Also, I was able to scribble heartfelt messages on some postcards and mailed it to family and friends!!!
I miss writing letters and receiving them in the mail.
To cap off the night we headed to Tablao Flamenco Cordobes to see a real Flamenco dancer.
The show was spectacular, I had goose bumps all over!
Then we called it a night. Early to bed, early to rise for the second leg of our trip – Paris!
How do you plan to spend three days in Barcelona?
Do you still send out handwritten letters?
Do you also want to see the emotion and expression of a Flamenco dancer on stage?
All photos taken by Dominic Demandante.