27 08, 2012

Picnic atop Montserrat, Spain

By | August 27th, 2012|Categories: Barcelona, Spain|Tags: |

One of my most memorable highlights in Spain was our half-day trip to Montserrat in the Catalonia region, part of the Catalan pre-coastal range. "Montserrat" means "jagged (serrated) mountain" in Catalan. It describes it's peculiar aspect with multitude of rock formations which are visible from a great distance. We rode a train north-west for an hour from [...]

7 08, 2012

Barcelona Culture: Siesta

By | August 7th, 2012|Categories: Barcelona, Spain|Tags: , |

Einhard's Life of Charlemagne recounts the emperor's summertime siesta: "In summer, after his midday meal, he would eat some fruit and take another drink; then he would remove his shoes and undress completely, just as he did at night, and rest for two or three hours." This is my 4th day in Barcelona and I [...]

4 08, 2012

When in Barcelona..

By | August 4th, 2012|Categories: Barcelona| as Barcelonians do! This is my first time in Spain. I've talked to dozens of my friends and have heard nothing but rave reviews of this quaint city. They all give me lists of things to do, museums to visit, Gaudi & Dali sites, tapas to try, wine to sip and so on. While [...]