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 dont have to be religious, although it doesnt hurt if you are.They are also inexpensive much of the time eager forcustomers 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 Spains many and varied ancient monasteries This is not a guide book, but it doesinclude 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...
|Title||:||A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain's Ancient Monasteries|
|Publisher||:||Lyons Press First edition September 4, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||783 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain's Ancient Monasteries Reviews
This is a childishly offensive book. It is a mocking wise guy approach by the authors that exhibits no respect for the spirituality of centuries of devout people.
A somewhat caustic view of the monasteries and people of Spain; yet still informative.
Nice, low key travel account of couple who used monastaries on one of their trips. Nothing too adventurous. Not sure what the intended direction of writing this account was headed.
This is a great idea. Spain still has plenty of monasteries and convents around, and many of them offers rooms. These monasterios tend to be cheap, off the beaten path, incredibly historical, and full of interesting architecture, art, and treasures. You also get some insight into the cloistered life – and maybe a rich spiritual experience to boot.
More a travelogue than a guidebook, A Room with a Pew chronicles the adventures of Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt as they try out-of-the-ordinary accommodations while touring Spain. Instead of staying in hotels or resorts, they opt to stay in monasteries. These aren't monasteries that have been converted into hotels, either--they are monasteries that remain true to their calling of housing those involved in the work of God.
Not quite sure of the intended audience for this book, one which would probably work better as a set of articles in a travel magazine. Aside from being limited to Spain, it is a scattershot collection of vignettes of experiences at what seem to be a nearly random collection of monasteries. The authors are alternately excessively naive and occasionally sophisticated dilettantes, and what their purpose may be, other than to write a "clever" book, is unclear. Is the expected audience composed of readers looking for cheap sleeps, for religious experiences, for cultural enlightenment, or something else? Aside from a final chapter on booking rooms, there is little practical advice, and overall the book is of marginal utility as a travel guide. Serious students of monastic life in 21st century Spain should look elsewhere, and those who wish to book a monastery sojourn are advised to use other sources. Occasionally amusing insights are about all I found this book good for.