After a week in France, we stayed a few days in Barcelona. In 2002, I visited Barcelona with Vector Marketing. One of the excursions of the trip was to visit Montserrat. It was a trip in the evening and I wasn’t really able to capture any pictures. We did take a bus with a couple hundred people up the mountain. There were a number of people who didn’t handle the bus ride all that well, you will see the road in a couple of pictures. I didn’t realize at night what the roads looked like. I learned how to “Travel with Laughter” way before it was a way of life. It was beautiful! So, when I knew we really didn’t have any plans on Sunday in Barcelona. I decided I wanted to go back and capture some pictures. After speaking with concierge at my hotel, I started the adventure. We were visiting Barcelona during a time when Catalonia wanted to vote to succeed from Spain. I went to the train station and when I emerged from underground there were lots of SWAT police and military tanks. I was taken back by the show of force, but there were no protesters yet. They were prepared. I thought about turning around at that point, but I didn’t. I found the train station and bought tickets. While on the train, I met a nice British couple. In speaking with them, they told me that one of the ways to get to Montserrat was on strike. I have been in Europe before when there has a been a train strike/slow down. Little did I know this time I would have to stand in line for over two hours till I got the Telefric de Montserrat Aeri. It was the only way to get to the top of the mountain, because of the strike. Here I thought I was in good shape being at the train early! The area is breathtaking. This is now twice I have had “fun” traveling there. I don’t think I will be planning another trip to Montserrat. Exploring At the same time that I wanted to leave, so did everyone else who went UP the mountain. The train returning to Barcelona was packed and had to stand. If traveling to Montserrat, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand.
This was a day that put “Travel with Laughter” to the test! I can laugh about it now.
It really is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen and glad that I ventured there. I was able to light a candle for those in my life that are battling health issues.
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