Thursday, 30 May 2013

Swedish Midsummer in Berga (Barcelona) and a Visit to the Sanctuary of Queralt

Among a few more or less Swedish families living around Barcelona, we have the tradition to, once every summer, rent a farmhouse (casa rural), to be able to celebrate a proper Swedish midsummer party. Most of the times, so far, we have stayed at Can Caubet, near Berga (Berguedà, Barcelona) since its big garden allows for the children to play on one side of the house, while we adults can have some time for ourselves on the other.

So we did also this year - albeit almost a whole month before the actual Swedish midsummer celebrations (June 21) -, a what a good time we had, in spite of the unusually cold weather. This year we, apparently, have the coldest spring since 1991, or something like that.

To add some local flavour to the trip, we went up to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Queralt (Santuari de la Mare de Déu de Queralt) and it was well worth a visit, not the least since we spotted nine eagles flying around. From there you also have a magnificent view over the major part of the province of Barcelona. Personally, I love to have the mountain of Montserrat reminding me of how "small" Catalonia is. From Vilanova i la Geltrú is takes one and a half hour to drive up to Berga and still you see Montserrat and know, that there, on the other side, is where you live.

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