On Friday, we left the bustle of the city and made our way an hour north to visit Monserrat.
Before arriving in Monserrat we made a stop at the Alta Alella Privat where we took a tour of the grounds, learned all about their wine making process and were able to wine taste, of course! Most importantly, we ate free peanuts. I think the little bowl of peanuts was meant to stay on the table to be shared by everyone, but you’d better believe I scooped one up and ate the whole thing by myself. I was hungry okay?!
The grounds of Alta Alella
The wine cellar
We then boarded the bus and finally headed to Monserrat. We only had about an hour and a half to explore, so we decided to take a hike up a very questionable trail. It was definitely worth it, though, because we were able to see the most amazing views.
We also experienced a small miracle. While were on the edge of a cliff (literally) taking in the breathtaking natural beauty of Spain, one of the boys’ $500 lenses rolled right off the cliff. He scrambled to retrieve it, but it was gone, and we heard many clunking sounds as it tumbled down the side of the mountain. Obviously upset, he ran back down the trail to try and find it. We all thought it was hopeless until we heard the “Oh my God!” and saw him a bit farther down the trail clutching a somewhat beat-up lense. Other than the few scratches on the plastic sides, it was in complete working order – if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is.
After a long day, we headed back to Barcelona and had the rest of the evening free to ourselves. That night, we found an amazing gelato shop in our neighborhood, so naturally we spent the evening eating way too much, and I then proceeded to fall asleep for the next 13 hours.