After our Montserrat visit, our tour included a dinner and wine tasting.  It was held at a castle surrounded by a resort, including a golf course, restaurant, and winery.  The food was amazing.

Mary’s main course was lamb with a pear sauce.

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I had duck with berry sauce.

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After dinner, we strolled by the vineyard.  From here you can still see Montserrat in the distance.

 

Before the wine tasting we had time to look around the castle.

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It’s called Potter’s Castle because the original owner was a potter.  How does it happen that a potter winds up with a castle?  For fighting bravely on the right side, though I’m guessing there was more involved than that story tells.

There were metal sculptures scattered around the courtyard.

 

As always, I love the details like this clay roof,

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and the underside of the roof.

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This floor is one of the oldest parts of the castle.

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Eventually, we found the wine.

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Our guide for the day, Xavier, was very knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining.  I learned a lot about both Spanish history and how to taste and compare wines.

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Remember how our day started?  With the metro strike and barely managing to get to the tour?  When we arrived home after a long day, we were still faced with the problem of getting back to our apartment from the center of Barcelona.  We decided to take a chance on the trains, and wouldn’t you know, we had the quickest, least crowded trip since we arrived.

I guess it was our zen-like state of mind.