Tag Archives: Romanesque

The sweet Madrid of Expoclausura

If you happen to visit Madrid in December, any year, you should consider seriously the “ora et labora” (pray and work) principle that governs the monastic life. No, I’m not trying to convince you to become a monk or a … Continue reading

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The Knights Templar and the Lobos River Canyon

The Knights Templar were a Catholic military order active from 1119 to 1312. These skilled warrior-monks’ main mission was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling along the coast of the Mediterranean to the Holy Land, Jerusalem… But it is supposed that … Continue reading

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Volcano hiking in the Costa Brava

Caution: this post is about an extreme hiking adventure. The brave, daring, valiant, hardcore adrenalin thrill seeker Covetotop is visiting the Croscat Volcano and its dangerous surroundings. Read at your own risk. The adventure starts just now. 10:30 a.m.- Covetotop … Continue reading

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The melancholic cloister of Sant Domenec

Once upon a time there was a convent in Peralada (Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain) The passage of centuries and the brutality of men dismantled little by little the old convent. Today, only its cloister remains. The convent was built by … Continue reading

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Just a little church in a Mediterranean landscape

Today I am blogging about a little Romanesque church. I am aware that this humble building might not be a masterpiece of Medieval Art, but I like it very much. The church, named Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà, is hidden in … Continue reading

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The Garrotxa’s Volcanic Zone: Dark Ages and bright skies

La Garrotxa is a little region (“comarca”) located somewhere between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe, planet Earth. In the center of this region, there is a Natural Park called Garrotxa’s … Continue reading

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Isaac Albéniz and the village of Camprodón

Isaac Albéniz’s masterpiece, the “Iberia” suite for piano, is a series of twelve picturesque pieces evoking the Spanish landscape and it is based -more or less- on traditional dance rhythms and folk material. Accomplished piano players agree that Iberia is … Continue reading

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