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  1. Steven Dwyer

    Can I have my backpack transported to municipal albergues?

    I walked my first camino back in 2000 when the only luggage transport was from Villafranca to O’Cebreiro and there were few private albergues so I am somewhat old school in my thoughts on the camino so my thinking is that if you can afford to have your luggage transported, you should be able to...
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    La Sagrada Familia to get a roof after 127 years

    I was fortunate to visit Sagrada Familia last year while walking the Camino stage from Barcelona to The Monastery at Montserrat. The first visit I was planning to attend mass in the crypt but instead was able to attend the international mass in the main Basilica. It was wonderful to experience...
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    COVID Plans later in the Year? It is "Who knows?" Time

    Looking at world travel today with so many nations closing their borders it is impossible to predict what the situation will be at any given time in the future. One of the truths of this world pandemic is that it is folks like us who travel around the world in a matter of hours that fueled the...
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    Cami Sant Jaume, Barcelona to Montserrat - by foot or train - the basics in one place

    Cami Sant Jaume, Barcelona to Montserrat - by foot or train This is a work in progress, please comment and especially provide any corrections. I will soon be adding comments on the various options of the routes from Barcelona, but wanted to get the ball started with this. If you can think of...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    I have now finished walking three of the many routes up to Montserrat. Two of the routes were from Olesa de Montserrat, and the third route was from Monistrol de Montserrat. There is still another route Olesa to look at, the the GR-96 from Monistrol, and for fun the route from the Aeri up to the...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    Rick, sent you a PM with a bunch of routes. Will be checking the Olesa to the Monastery route today. The Art Museum here in Montserrat is well worth a visit. Yesterday on the way stopped by Sagrada Familia. They were celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. By chance, and extremely...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    There are at least 5 paths up to Monserrat. 1 starting from Monistrol near the start of the rack railway that splits halfway up into Camí del tres quarts gr-96 and Camí de les aigues gr5, from near the aero/cable car/ gondola, and from Olesa the gr-6, sender de Montserrat, and the gr-5/6.1. I...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    @LTfit thanks for the additional information. I agree that there is no need to reinvent the wheel. My intent is to gather the spokes that have fallen in the various threads, polish them (translate and verify) and assemble them into a wheel. Ideally what I would like to produce is a document in...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    @lindam posted a blog of that I just came across. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/report-of-cami-catalan-may-to-june-2018-parts-1-and-2.56770/ Which answers my questions about albergues has other useful information on a route I have yet to walk.
  10. Steven Dwyer

    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    My error entirely. What I meant to say was that I had not found any albergues between Barcelona and Montserrat. Thanks for pointing it out to me. I’ve edited the original post to reflect this. If you have information on any albergues between Barcelona and Montserrat I’d appreciate your feed back.
  11. Steven Dwyer

    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    Rick, I’ve used a number of guides over the years, so I know at least the sort of information I like to have available. When I was looking, I came across three routes to choose from, and I ended up going through Terrassa to Monistrol. It had some nice qualities, but I can’t compare it until I...
  12. Steven Dwyer

    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    I arrived yesterday at the alberque at the Monastery of Montserrat. There is no wonder that Montserrat has a nickname of the magic mountain. Being privileged to be here two nights has been a real joy. Yesterday, saw a pilgrim looking woman so I enquirers in Spanish if she was a preigrina, and...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    One of the problems I had when I was looking at walking from Barcelona was the lack of resources for planning. Finding something in English was almost impossible, and the Spanish sources for the most part start the Camino at the Monastery in Monserrat. Having now gotten to the base of the...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    The cathedral allows small day packs, but not the large backpacks. They will have you open it for inspection. The sello at Santiago was nice, Santa Maria Del Mar was more industrial looking, so unless you want a lot of sellos, you can skip that one. For Sagrada Família, I highly recommend...
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    Cami Sant Jaume - starting in Barcelona going to Monastery de Montserrat

    Day 2, Mundet Metro station to Terrassa Notes on the route: Distance 17.28 miles, elevation gain 2,067 ft, elevation loss 1,647 feet NOT THE FULL STAGE - WILL CONTINUE TO ADD AND EDIT THIS POST TOMORROW https://www.wikiloc.com/mountain-biking-trails/wnd-day-2-cami-sant-jaume-41417213 Ok...
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