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On my first visit to Montsalvat, I noticed the big picture.  The buildings, the large sculptures, the steps, stairs and pathways. The things that drew me back to look again and again are the details. Stonework hidden away in little porches (like these arches above) and sculptures leaning up against walls (below) vanish amidst the sheer size of Montsalvat on first viewing. 

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It’s worth taking the time to look in every corner so that you dont miss the little gems waiting to be enjoyed. 

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The gardens are beautiful for picnics, so take a full day with lunch in the middle to ensure that you have the time and space to enjoy every little bit.  If a picnic doesn’t appeal, book yourself into the restaurant, “The Meeting Pool” for a very fine lunch.  More about “The Meeting Pool” tomorrow.