Named after the “serrated mountain” of Montserrat located near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is as breathtaking as its setting. Among the thousands of visitors on the grounds of the abbey on Wednesday the 18th of May 2016 I actually saw one of the resident monks walk into the basilica. This drawing, which has helped smooth out some of my jet lag, is based on a photo that I took with my iPhone.
Yea, Annyth and I have been vacationing our butts off! Last week we visited two of the nine Azorean islands, Terceira and São Miguel. For the past few days of our second and final week of unbelievable fun, we’ve been hanging out with a group of 17 people at a villa on the outskirts of Sitges, Spain in the Penedès wine and cava region in Catalonia. One of us, Marjorie, is celebrating her 60th birthday, the other 16 of us have been invited to make sure she enjoys herself. Today we visited the winery located right next door, Torre del Veguer, and had an enjoyable tasting and pairing. I hyperlinked the winery’s website so that you can see the details for yourself; in the meantime, all 17 of us are going to continue sampling the wine we purchased in preparation for the seafood paella cooking class/dinner that we’re having tonight right here at the Can Pares villa. If we need an additional reminder of our winery tour, all we’ll need to do is look right over the fence.
A building on the grounds of the Fábrica de Chá do Porto Formoso, the Tea Factory at Porto Famoso on the island of São Miguel, Açores. Ann photographed it wondering if I would have liked to draw it. I used her photo as a reference for a side by side freehand drawing in Procreate on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and a couples of vacation hours.
On our way back to the hotel after dinner last night, we saw the moon hovering above the Sé Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, a Portuguese 16th-century cathedral located in the civil parish of Sé, in the municipality of Angora do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira in the archipelago of the Azores. I was reminded that some believe that the Moon Goddess is more powerful than the Sun God and isn’t afraid to come out at night.
When I was a novice working in and around the refrectory on kitchen duty, the old, German-speaking Benedictine nuns had a nickname for me (and others as well, truth be told), lumpensammler, the rag man. An occasional spitzbuben was heard too.