Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Rides

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.


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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics but mind that the locations in this last post are mainly in the Alt Penedès (Tarragona)