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February 14, 2011

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Roger Ebert

Yes! I've been to Monserrat and Monee! Did you see pilgrims climbing the steps to the Black Madonna on their bloody knees? You guys were bloody lucky you didn't get snowbound on I-57. I was driving to Urbana once and had to pull off and spend the night in Rantoul. Kelly, you put a lot of work into this and I truly enjoyed it. R

AM

Hi Kelly! I've loved following your posts about Spain. Your photos are incredible. Quick nerdy question for you: what are those crisscrossed knobs on pedestals at the feet of the Virgin of Montserrat? Are they pineapples? Pomegranates? Eggs? Just decorations? Just curious if you happen to know!

Kelly

AM, thank you, and I have no idea what those things are. My guess is they're either eggs or just kickass decorations. Anybody out there know for sure?

Roger, it blows my mind that you're even reading this; thanks very much. There were no bloody-kneed pilgrims...now I'm feeling ripped off!

Timing was everything with that storm, and we *just* made it. I-57 is really asking for it in the winter...kind of crazy building a straight north-south road in Illinois, but you Chicagoans have got to get to Ebertfest somehow. :)

I'm a big fan of Rantoul's air museum: http://www.aeromuseum.org/

Libby

Thanks for your awesome posts, Kelly! You + the "Spain: On the Road Again" documentary have officially added Spain to my MUST VISIT list.

Back in my early teenage and full-on U2 obsession days, Musician magazine (I think it was) featured a piece that compared rock bands to fine art. The article morphed U2 (circa Rattle & Hum) into Guernica, a painting which I had never seen, but I was really intrigued by the idea of Bono as a crazed and desperate gray horse. It was just so weird! I've since learned so much more about Guernica, but I'm sad to say that whenever I think of it, I can't help also thinking of a ponytailed Bono...

Glad you had such an incredible trip. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

Cindy Swanson

I've loved your Spain posts! Amazing that you got home just in time for our crazy blizzard. I live in Rockford, and although we're used to some heavy snow, this one paralyzed us.

Cindy Swanson

Oh, by the way--I only knew of Montserrat through the Beach Boys' old song, Kokomo ("Martinique, that Montserrat mystique...") But then again, there is no place off the Florida Keys called Kokomo, so I couldn't put any stock in that song anyway! :)

bj

You really should submit your travelogue and photos to a travel mag. Your pics&posts here are better than some professional ones.
Glad you had a great time and made it home safely.

Lucrecia

Amazing posts and pictures of your visit. I felt like you took me with you. Magnificent.

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