Barcelona: Day 5–Montserrat!

This was our favourite day.   Ironically, our best day in “Barcelona” was the day outside Barcelona, on a day trip to Montserrat.

We started by first visiting Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe.  It can fit over 99,000 seats!!!   We debated to go inside or not (there was no match), and finally decided to save the 20 something euros it cost to visit the empty stadium.  The funny thing was, this was not at all in our agenda, and suddenly, when we were in Barcelona, Tom suddenly remembered, wait, the home stadium of the football club Barcelona is here.

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This is at the main entrance, but sadly and strangely, they had no huge sign or letters saying CAMP NOU!

After that, we started our day trip to Montserrat, a little monastery town atop the Montserrat Mountains.  After about 1.5 hrs by train, we arrived at Aeri de Monsterrat and were greeted by the views below:

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The monastery town is at the top towards the middle, you can see if you zoom in I think.

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Then we took this cable car from the train station.
About a 7 minutes, very scary ride across cars, and roads, ascending 700 metres to the town.

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We had the cable car to ourselves! (together with the operator who helped take this photo!)

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View from the cable car…see the roads and cars below!

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Almost there… see the monastery!

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Reminds me of the American hollywood mountains a bit…

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From here we took the “furnicular”, just like the peak tram in Hong Kong, to go some distance down.

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Then they build these walkways like spirals all around this lower level of the mountain,
you could walk around the mountain to other small temples and churches.

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Beyond that little risen edge is…NOTHING.  All the way, 90 degree steep cliff.  

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You could walk all around the mountains.
Beyond the viewing point you could keep walking right to other viewing points.
Amazing how they built the peak trams, and these pathways. 

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Looking up towards the monastery

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Beyond this bench…is NOTHING!!!! 

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The walkway around the mountain was really well paved and wide.
The pathway goes all the way around that you can even see the monastery now
since the mountain is shaped like a crescent.

And beyond those low rails …is really NOTHING!  So scary!

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A BEAUTIFUL church
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Instead of same fixtures, both sides of the church were lined with UNIQUE antique like lanterns. 

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We then took another peak tram to go further UP the mountains…

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this time the pathways were more rough and there was no rail at all.
Beyond that edge was really a 90 degrees cliff down the mountains!
We walked back to the little rounded base and then over to the hill tops on the right in this photo

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We asked a young indian guy to take this photo of us.
I was sooo scared.  Behind that edge, really was just a full free fall.

could never do this without Tom!

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View looking down from the peak tram.
The peak tram was SOOOOoooo steeep!

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One last photo…

 

We missed the last cable car down, so had to buy tickets to take the train down.  it was really a work of art, technology, magnificence how they managed to build such a long rail track circling around one sdie of the mountain, and still allowing TWO trains at one time.  I was just amazed.  And we were greeted by these stunning views for the entire 20 mins ride.

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The roads looked like the scenes of James Bond movies!!!  Curving around in the midst of the mountain…!
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the mountain was like a half-moon curve. So at some points, we could see the other train moving up!  (right)
Really amazing amazing how the tracks are built on the side of the mountain curving and spiraling to the top. 

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we ate at the neighbourhood restaurant  and tried “Fried Cannelloni”  for the first time~  (left)
It was like a western spring roll!!!  Nice!
Perfect last day to this trip.

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7 am flight back to BE

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