Special Star Weekend; Relaxing, Megalithic, Astronomic, Esoteric
This is a Repetition of the momentously successful weekend we did a year ago; when we had a really amazing time and learnt a lot.
I suggest that you take a look at the photos on the group wall we made at month ago; it was really a very special time had by all.
I've put 11 as capacity, when in fact it's 9; the last 2 names are the waiting list in case somebody drops out at the last moment.
This very special weekend could be one of those life-changing moments - depending on how one assimilates the extraordinary phenomena which will be revealed to us; and in any case will be exceptional: the very pleasant rural guest house, and fascinating dicoveries to be made in the company of a truly excepcional erudite, in an area filled with mysteries and secrets to be revealed to us directly.
Spending 2 nights in a beautiful renovated old Catalan stone farmhouse in a hilltop village with splendid views from the coast to the Pyrenees, we'll leave on Friday eve after everyone has finished work, passing through the mediaeval town of Santa Coloma de Queralt in the Sierra de Queralt for a bite for supper (either bring a sandwich or we'll a have a cheap dish in the farmers' bar), then on to Forès, the nearby hilltop village to spend the night and get up being up there in the morning. There are 4 double bedrooms, one with a big double bed, so if a couple come they can sleep there, and the other rooms have twin, bunk, or side-by-side individual beds to share with friends or make them.
After a self-service breakfast, a walk round the pretty village before off in the minibus driving up to Balaguer in LLeida, where for 5€ we visit the Gold Panning Centre. You get to pan for gold for real, as the Segre River has a high gold content, and the gold you pan, you get to keep. Then on to nearby Artesa de Segre for a good lunch in a restaurant we know. There you’ll meet our friend Ramon Canyelles, erudite historian, dowser, expert in local megalithic finds and esoteric phenomena, and astronomer.
We’ll visit Seró, village next to the sacred or phenomenal mountain of the Sierra de la Força, where we’ll visit the visitor centre built around the extraordinary megalith, real Space Odyssey stuff, more than Protected content old, 7 metres high, (Stonehenge is half that at 3.5m), and then go for a walk over the nearby magic mountain to see some of the phenomena close to the Monastery of the Refet, built there because of numerous apparitions. Bring shoes or trainers and long trousers against the bushes with prickly leaves . Good local wines can be bought there quite cheaply.
Ramon will give us a projection show of the heavens, and after a light supper in a beautiful restaurant, we’ll be able to take advantage of his knowledge with a practical demonstration looking through his telescope, mostly based on the Moon, and the relevant constellations.
We’ll drive back star-struck, literally, late to the country guest house, and so on Sunday morning, after a late breakfast, we’ll decide when, then or in the afternoon, we want to visit Santes Creus monastery, a wonderful mediaeval legacy which is a living history lesson and a monument to the establishment of civilization in this part of the world.
Precise costing: Gold Interpretation Centre; 5€, good Saturday lunch 16€ inc. cava + coffee, 5€ entry to megalithic visitor centre, light but great supper 12€, astronomic projection etc. 20€, entry to Santes Creus, 5.50€ (Sunday lunch not included in pricing; could be nice restaurant, or nice cheap bar in Santes Creus)
We’ll have to start coming back down to earth after all that, and so we’ll take the route back to Barcelona through the woods and vineyards of the Penedés to arrive back well before 9pm, and you just won’t feel the same person that left a long 2 days’ previously. The ancients and their stones may well start working their magic.
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