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Spanish
Culture and Cuisine

Tortosa Montserrat and Vinaros May 2014

In early May, the Spanish Culture & Cuisine Group organised a really excellent 4 day (3 night) trip.

On the first day, the group travelled to Tortosa. After lunch they had a guided tour of the town.
On the next day, the journey was broken up with an interesting visit to the Cava Freixenet.

They continued on to Montserrat where they stayed for 2 nights. Although Montserrat was
horrendously crowded on arrival, at 16:00 the crowds left and made sight seeing much more enjoyable.
It was such a peaceful, tranquil place in the mornings as well.

On the last day, the group stopped for a short break and lunch at the seaside village of Vinarós.

If you want to enjoy the Boys Choir then click Boy Choir.

Photos by Clive White, Jacqui Rogerson and Jean & Tom Miller.

Click the first thumbnail to see the slideshow.

Tortosa-Montserrat-2014
A00 Tortosa - Lunch time bar on the corner
A00 Tortosa - Lunch time bar on the corner
A01 Lunch time drink - Jean, Sally and Lindsay
A01 Lunch time drink - Jean, Sally and Lindsay
A02 John, Tom and Clive
A02 John, Tom and Clive
A03 Karen and Jacqui
A03 Karen and Jacqui
A04 Vic, John, Annie, Jean, Jennifer and Len
A04 Vic, John, Annie, Jean, Jennifer and Len
A05 Ian and Jean
A05 Ian and Jean
B00 Briefing from our guide in our Hotel Berenguer
B00 Briefing from our guide in our Hotel Berenguer
B00a Narrow old town streets
B00a Narrow old town streets
B01 Guided Tour of Tortosa
B01 Guided Tour of Tortosa
B01a Some static onlookers
B01a Some static onlookers
B01b Spendid house
B01b Spendid house
B02 Our guide gives us the history
B02 Our guide gives us the history
B03 Behind the Cathedral
B03 Behind the Cathedral
B05 Old Gateway
B05 Old Gateway
B06 Group listen in the Old gateway
B06 Group listen in the Old gateway
B07 Bit more history
B07 Bit more history
B08 Arch behind the cathedral
B08 Arch behind the cathedral
B09 Tom, Peter and Geoff
B09 Tom, Peter and Geoff
B09a On the move again
B09a On the move again
B09b Delia and Jean take a rest
B09b Delia and Jean take a rest
B10 Convent de Sant Domenec
B10 Convent de Sant Domenec
B11 Convent entrance
B11 Convent entrance
B12 Convent cloisters
B12 Convent cloisters
B12a
B12a
B13 Monarchs around the Cloisters
B13 Monarchs around the Cloisters
B14 Cathedral front
B14 Cathedral front
B14a All look up
B14a All look up
B14b Walk to side entrance to Cathedral
B14b Walk to side entrance to Cathedral
B15 The Cathedral Cloisters
B15 The Cathedral Cloisters
B15a
B15a
B15b Font in the Cloisters
B15b Font in the Cloisters
B15c Pauline takes the water
B15c Pauline takes the water
B16 Inside the Cathedral
B16 Inside the Cathedral
B16a Cathedral altar
B16a Cathedral altar
B17 Cathedral ceiling
B17 Cathedral ceiling
B17a
B17a
B18
B18
B19 Sunburst
B19 Sunburst
B20
B20
B21 Monument to all those who died in the Civil War
B21 Monument to all those who died in the Civil War
B23 View from the Castell
B23 View from the Castell
B24 Cathedral from the Castell
B24 Cathedral from the Castell
B24a Jean at the Tortosa Parador
B24a Jean at the Tortosa Parador
B24b Karen, Jacqui, Clive, Tom and Jean
B24b Karen, Jacqui, Clive, Tom and Jean
B25 Parador within the Castell
B25 Parador within the Castell
C01 Evening meal together
C01 Evening meal together
D01 Cava Freixenet entrance
D01 Cava Freixenet entrance
D02 Bottle or a car
D02 Bottle or a car
D03 Not very aerodynamic
D03 Not very aerodynamic
D04 Freixenet Scooters
D04 Freixenet Scooters
D05 Last again
D05 Last again
D06 Our guide explains how Cava is made
D06 Our guide explains how Cava is made
D07 Some wine too old to use
D07 Some wine too old to use
D07a
D07a
D07b
D07b
D08 On the wagon
D08 On the wagon
D09 Looking for a train
D09 Looking for a train
D09a Hold on tight everybody
D09a Hold on tight everybody
D09b Tony is enjoying the ride
D09b Tony is enjoying the ride
D10 Train from the caves to the surface
D10 Train from the caves to the surface
D11 Lets try some Cava
D11 Lets try some Cava
D11a Who will buy some
D11a Who will buy some
D12 How it used to be done
D12 How it used to be done
D13 Dont lose your bottle
D13 Dont lose your bottle
D14 The Freixenet Shop
D14 The Freixenet Shop
D15 For that pressing job
D15 For that pressing job
D16 Exit from the shop
D16 Exit from the shop
D17 Art work on the walls
D17 Art work on the walls
D18
D18
D19
D19
D20 Follow the route to the sun
D20 Follow the route to the sun
E00 Arrived at Montserrat
E00 Arrived at Montserrat
E000 Montserrat
E000 Montserrat
E00a Up the Funicular
E00a Up the Funicular
E00b On the way up - looking back
E00b On the way up - looking back
E00c At the top
E00c At the top
E01 Start of the first walk after going up the Funicular
E01 Start of the first walk after going up the Funicular
E01a Clive leads the way
E01a Clive leads the way
E02 Jean, Donald, Peter and Tom
E02 Jean, Donald, Peter and Tom
E03 Lindsay outside Ermita de St Joan
E03 Lindsay outside Ermita de St Joan
E03a Tom, Ian and Jacqui and Clive
E03a Tom, Ian and Jacqui and Clive
E04 Along the old Iberian Settlement
E04 Along the old Iberian Settlement
E05 The Iberian Settlement
E05 The Iberian Settlement
E05a Tom remembers the last time he hit his head
E05a Tom remembers the last time he hit his head
E06 Peter with Tom in the bgrd
E06 Peter with Tom in the bgrd
E07 Jacqui, Ian, Karen and Jean take a different path down
E07 Jacqui, Ian, Karen and Jean take a different path down
E08
E08
E09 Montserrat Basilica through the trees
E09 Montserrat Basilica through the trees
E10 Taking the Funicular back down
E10 Taking the Funicular back down
E11 The main Montserrat complex
E11 The main Montserrat complex
E12 Arches outside the Basilica
E12 Arches outside the Basilica
E13 Montserrat by night - from the hotel
E13 Montserrat by night - from the hotel
F01 Day 3 - Early morning view from hotel bedroom
F01 Day 3 - Early morning view from hotel bedroom
F02 Ian gets up late again
F02 Ian gets up late again
F03 Rock formation behind the hotel
F03 Rock formation behind the hotel
G01 Basilica Entrance
G01 Basilica Entrance
G02 Inside the Basilica
G02 Inside the Basilica
G03 Entrance to the Black Madonna route
G03 Entrance to the Black Madonna route
G04 Jean with the Black Madonna
G04 Jean with the Black Madonna
G04a Rose Window
G04a Rose Window
G05 Painted corridors
G05 Painted corridors
G06 The Black Madonna
G06 The Black Madonna
G06a  Interior of the Basilica from the Black Maddona
G06a Interior of the Basilica from the Black Maddona
G07 Side chapel
G07 Side chapel
G20 In the Museum of Montserrat
G20 In the Museum of Montserrat
H01 Boys Choir -  Lunchtime event
H01 Boys Choir - Lunchtime event
H02 Singing but also playing instruments
H02 Singing but also playing instruments
H03 Cathedral is packed solid
H03 Cathedral is packed solid
H04
H04
H05 The Boys Choir
H05 The Boys Choir
H06
H06
I01 Lunch at the restaurant
I01 Lunch at the restaurant
I02 Eleanor and Alma
I02 Eleanor and Alma
J01 Before the cog train ride
J01 Before the cog train ride
J02 The other cog train coming towards our train
J02 The other cog train coming towards our train
J03 Passing the other train
J03 Passing the other train
J04 Jean waiting for the train to return
J04 Jean waiting for the train to return
K00 Another hairy Funicular ride - this time down
K00 Another hairy Funicular ride - this time down
K00a Clive, Jean, Ian and Karen, hanging on
K00a Clive, Jean, Ian and Karen, hanging on
K01 Start of the walk to the Santa Cova
K01 Start of the walk to the Santa Cova
K02 Flat to start with
K02 Flat to start with
K02a Distant cross - but we get there
K02a Distant cross - but we get there
K03 A cross, one of the many artworks on route
K03 A cross, one of the many artworks on route
K03a Looking back at Montserrat
K03a Looking back at Montserrat
K03b Tom and Jean at the cross
K03b Tom and Jean at the cross
K04 Cable car
K04 Cable car
K04a Percorso per la Cappella della Santa Cova
K04a Percorso per la Cappella della Santa Cova
K05 Santa Cova
K05 Santa Cova
K05a La Santa Cova
K05a La Santa Cova
K06 Rest stop on the way back
K06 Rest stop on the way back
L01 Third major walk - this time to the Cross
L01 Third major walk - this time to the Cross
L02 The Cross
L02 The Cross
L10 The last supper at Montserrat
L10 The last supper at Montserrat
L11 Gerald and Eleanor
L11 Gerald and Eleanor
L12 Rod and Judie
L12 Rod and Judie
L13 Karen contemplates the local liquor
L13 Karen contemplates the local liquor
M01 Day 4 - View from hotel bedroom
M01 Day 4 - View from hotel bedroom
M02 Early morning singing by the Brothers
M02 Early morning singing by the Brothers
N01 Views from the coach pickup point
N01 Views from the coach pickup point
N02
N02
N03 Ian, Jacqui, Jean and Karen
N03 Ian, Jacqui, Jean and Karen
N04 Jacqui, Jean, Karen and Clive
N04 Jacqui, Jean, Karen and Clive
N05 Jean with the early morning mist
N05 Jean with the early morning mist
N06 Above the clouds
N06 Above the clouds
O01 Rock formations from the coach
O01 Rock formations from the coach
P01 Hurried lunch time stop in Vinaros
P01 Hurried lunch time stop in Vinaros
P01a Lunch at Vinaros
P01a Lunch at Vinaros
P01b Lunch at Vinaros
P01b Lunch at Vinaros
P02 Jacqui and Ian on a large tongue
P02 Jacqui and Ian on a large tongue
P03 Are they sinking into the stone
P03 Are they sinking into the stone
P04 Tom, Jean, Lindsay, Clive, Jacqui, Karen, Jean and Len
P04 Tom, Jean, Lindsay, Clive, Jacqui, Karen, Jean and Len
P05 Group after lunch
P05 Group after lunch
P06 Views of Vinaros playa
P06 Views of Vinaros playa
P07
P07
P08
P08
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