Posts in Nature
Hiking in Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Hiking in Montserrat is a great way to stretch your legs. The panoramic views of Catalonia are exquisite. Trails range from brutal to challenging to moderately paved paths. Popular hikes are laid out on maps and it's easy to just follow people along as the trails are bustling. A rack railway or cable car can take you up to the main square and two funiculars are available to take you to trails above or below the abbey.

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Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey nestled into the Monserrrat mountains in Ministrol de Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain. A mere train ride away from bustling Barcelona, it is a wonder to behold. Founded early in the 11th century, it has since been rebuilt between the 19th and 20th century and is a working monastery with about seventy to eighty monks. Monserrat means serrated mountains, referring to the jaggedness of the natural formations.

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Southeast Lighthouse in Block Island

The second of Block Island's lighthouses, Southeast Lighthouse is near Mohegan Bluffs. I caught the last rays of the summer sun around 6pm, driving out there with a friend on our rented moped. There's an area to park and a grassy area where you could picnic and enjoy the views. The lighthouse itself is on the smaller side, but it's the views of the bluffs you really want, especially as the sunset cascades into many hues of oranges and purples.

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Driftwood Structure in Block Island, Rhode Island

There are no guarantees that this structure will be everlasting, but I found it during the summer of 2017. As I strolled during the morning hours, past the North Light Lighthouse, I came upon this view. Strange sticks placed together, perhaps deliberately for art, perhaps just on a whim. Blinking away the morning sun, I approached it and I felt like I had discovered the world's next wonder.

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Mohegan Bluffs in Block Island, Rhode Island

All the guides say that you must visit Mohegan Bluffs if you visit Block Island. These views and this beach did not disappoint. There are a set of steep stairs and steep rocks to climb down towards a beach with views of rock cliffs and open waters. This picturesque spot is a favorite. Watch the windmills blow in the distance and let the rising tide brush against your feet.

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Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland

The best thing about Edinburgh, Scotland is the mixture of natural green spaces and preserved architecture. If the hike up Arthur's seat isn't your cup of tea, a mild stroll through Calton Hill may be a great alternative. This hill is right in the center of Edinburgh and is included in the city's UNESCO world heritage site designation. The small hike to the top will offer great views of the city. 

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King Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland is a wonder to behold. In Edinburgh, all the guides say to hike up to King Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park. The peak is an extinct volcano and there are rumors that this site may have been the location of Camelot (as in legendary King Arthur and Lancelot, etc.). With the wind-swept grass and craggy rocks, traversing this landscape is like being in a Lord of the Rings movie.

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