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A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain's Ancient Monasteries

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One recent summer, Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt traveled through Spain — from Barcelona in the north to Malaga on the southern Mediterranean coast — staying exclusively in ancient monasteries. As they quickly discovered, these are intriguing places in which to stay. They are ripe with history, art and culture (living museums); peopled by a dying breed of monks and nuns (last chance to see); rarely visited (so few tourists); and open to anyone who cares to stop by (you don't have to be religious, although it doesn't hurt if you are). They are also inexpensive (much of the time); eager for customers (most of the time); and always hospitable (in keeping with the Rule of St. Benedict).

This account of the authors' journey will show you what it is like to turn your back on tourist Spain, to leave behind the hotels, pensions and up-market paradors and immerse yourself in the cowled world of Spain's many and varied ancient monasteries. This is not a guide book, but it does include enough information for you to plan a similar journey of your own. The tone is amusing, sometimes irreverent, but always respectful and entertaining.

Monasteries visited:  El Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Vallbona ** El Monasterio de la Virgen de Monlora ** Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre ** El Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, Avila ** El Monasterio de la Purisima Concepcion y San Jose , El Toboso ** El Monasterio de la Santa Maria de las Escalonias ** Convento de la Purisima Concepcion (Santa Maria) Marchena

Synopsis:

An offbeat and entertaining account of a journey through Spain — staying only in ancient monasteries.

About the Author

Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt are writers and editors who have authored several books, including Lost in Tibet and Along the River that Flows Uphill. Worldwide travelers, they rank their journey through Spain's ancient monasteries as one of their most rewarding experiences. They live in Boulder, Colorado. Visit them at www.starksmurcutt.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762781454
Author:
Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Murcutt, Miriam
Author:
Starks, Richard
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel-Spain
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
pen-and-ink illustrations plus overview
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Travel » Europe » Spain
Travel » Special Interest » Religious
Travel » Travel Writing » Europe
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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