Showing some pics from my Easter Rides.
Santes Creus abbey at last! (after fighting strong head and side winds that sent me wobbling side to side).
A nice ride though. Lonely roads and the sky holding. The wind, on the other hand, had dried up the tarmac from last days rains (which is a plus among "cautious" descenders like... me)
This time I was riding my "summer bike": a heavily modified mid-70's Olmo.
No fenders as you can appreciate (I'd have "appreciated" them quite a lot in last season's rainy 300 brevet)
Quiet and isolated hamlets scattered among endless vineyards and olive tree fields.
I noticed that the bell towers display an identical design in this part of the country.
Montserrat Chapel: an architectonic marvel worth a visit in the midst of... nowhere. (well, in fact its located in the outskirts of Montferri)
Calafell Castle. A partially preserved fortress never taken by assault.
It's build on a rock (difficult to mine) and the way to the main and only entrance is quite steep.
A medieval fair is held there in September.
Make no mistake; I didn't ride that far...
It's just a XIXth century slightly scaled-down copy of Seville's famous Giralda.
The place: l'Arbós
Another interesting church in the small hamlet of Clariana. It was build in the mid 70's in some sort of "Russian orthodox" style.
Quite a remarkable building. (In fact, is the only remarkable feature in that place)
I attended Easter Sunday's Mass there (donning a more "appropriate" garment, of course).
More on castles. This is Castellet (in catalan: little castle).
A charmingly preserved medieval town by Foix damp.