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August 19th.

Jaume and Montserrat (my wonderful Servas hosts) picked my up at the Barcelona airport and we drove 60km to Manresa. They live in an apartment with a view of Montserrat (the mountain).

A view of Mt. Monserrat.

Montserrat is the name of my hostess, the mountain and the local Basilian Monastery. It is in Catalunya so they speak Catalan and Spanish.

After our gazpacho and main course for lunch at home they took me to a mall to buy my SIM cards. With much translation from Catalan to English and back again I discovered that I cannot get a sim for my iPad without a contract so I will only be posting with photos when I have Wifi. Then Jaume went to work in their garden and Montserrat and I went to visit the Gothic Church, La Sue, built beginning in 1325. Afterwards we stopped at a small shop where Montserrat bought fresh cumin and a combination of herbs to make an infusion to drink at night. The shop has been in the same family for 100 years. All of the herbs ares stored in drawers which go from floor to ceiling.

Woman mixing herbs for infusion.

This woman is mixing herbs.

Streets of Manresa.
They helped me call Leonardo in Barcelona to make arrangements for him to meet me at the train on the 21st. We had omelet with zucchini and onions plus salad for supper at 9:00 pm. After dinner we enjoyed the tea infusion made from herbs Montserrat purchased and went to sleep.

A woman shopping in Manresa

August 20th
I awoke at 4 am and was awake until 6. Then I fell asleep again and Montserrat woke me at 11:30. Yikes, must be jet lag. After breakfast we drove to the small village, Santpedor, which enjoyed important splendor during the 14th century. The old quarter keeps the appearance of a medieval village. I enjoyed wandering through the quiet streets as most of the residents were at work. The Sant Pere Church was closed, so we only viewed it from the outside.

Streets of Santpedor


We visited San Pedor


San Pedor streets are narrow.


My Servas hosts holding hands.


Monserrat on streets of San Pedor


More narrow streets of SanPedor.

After our spaghetti and also ecological hamburger lunch at home we all took a siesta, possibly a new custom for me in Spain. Ecological is their word for organic. Eating organic food is most common here. Lunch is the main meal of the day. Then we drove to Montserrat (the mountain). On the mountain we went to the museum which has a collection of art and archaeology and to the Basilica . It was a beautiful drive.

This is Monserrat, the mountain.

Then we went to Jaume’s organic garden. Some of things he grows are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, zucchini, almonds, hazelnuts, peaches, and much more. He has had this garden for three years and is turning it to organic. Supper at 9 was a wonderful vegetable stir fry and fresh tomatoes from the garden. I went to sleep at 10 pm and slept through the night.

In the morning Montserrat hung out the laundry in the area off the deck that is protected from the rain.

Monserrat hung out the laundry.

After breakfast they took me to the train station for my ride to Barcelona.
It has been a joy spending time with Montserrat and Jaume. They are a loving couple and often make each other laugh as they converse in Catalan, I am so happy that they accepted me as their Servas guest.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

6 thoughts on “Manresa

  1. Great beginning Nancy. The pictures are wonderful.


  2. Everything looks so clean in the city!


  3. that is so cool and unique


  4. Those pictures are really cool!


  5.  Roberta Leff     Nancy, Just to let you know that the pictures at the end were great!!!!


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