Saturday, February 18, 2012

A place to fall in love

After three days of being away from the city, I'm back with stories and pictures to share. I mentioned in my previous post that I will be out for our annual retreat. I spent three days to a place where anyone can definitely feel being close to nature. The place where me and some of my colleagues stayed was in



Caleruega is owned by the Order of Preachers (O.P.), one of the largest Catholic congregations in the Philippines. The place was named as Caleruega because it served as the birthplace of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers or more commonly known as the Dominican Order. 




 I love pathways especially if it means having this great view. 



During night time, this is how the pathway looks like


And more pathways to love




We stayed in one of these villas.


The interior of the villas in Caleruega is very simple. What you can see in a typical room are single sized beds, enough cabinets, side table, and the basic comfort room. No telephone, TV, wifi access and all other technologies and luxuries that define city life.  However, if your window gives you this view every morning


then I guess, you will never demand all those conveniences. After all, Caleruega is intended for a spiritual retreat. Here are more relaxing views from our room

There's nothing like this in the city


More sceneries to love






The highlight of everything is this


The Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega


19 comments :

  1. Oh how beautiful, Diane!! Can I accomopany you on your next retreat here????

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    1. Oh Hi Teresa! I would love to tour you around in return :) Thank you.

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  2. WOW, what a beautiful place for a retreat. Your photos are just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Eileen! Thank you for the visit and liking my pictures. Happy weekend :)

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    1. Thanks :) thanks for the enchanted blogger award too

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  4. What a joyously beautiful place and post. Would you mind if I use the picture you took of the wonderful chapel? I'd love to place it in my art journal.

    You must feel so recharged after visiting Caleruega.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! Yes you may use the Transfiguration Chapel picture as your inspiration :) It's an honor actually. I will look forward to that journal of yours.

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  5. What a gorgeous place Diane. Who needs electronic gadgets when you're surrounded by beauty like this. I'm sure you're looking forward to the next time you can visit. Love your pictures!

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  6. Caleruega! I've been there once and I loved it. I even dreamt of being wed there! :)) Hope you enjoyed your retreat! :D

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  7. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Looks so breathtaking.. and peaceful... I hope you were able to do some nice relaxing on your retreat.... :) welcome back!

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  8. Beautiful, memorable trip for sure. Thrilled you got this treat!

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  9. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! My eyes can't take it all in when I look at the photos. The breath taking view...and night time scenes are wondrous! I know you feel refreshed after visiting! ♥

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  10. Oh my Diane, such beauty! I loved every single picture. I have a thing for pathways. Just love the anticipation of where they are going to lead me. So happy that you got to stay in such a beautiful place full of Nature. It makes you feel so close to God. I also love the stone arched entry. Just wonderful!!!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  11. Beautiful! I remember your last retreat was at Balay Isabel right? I saw that place on TV. Going Bulilit shot their episodes for the past few weeks there and when I saw the credits and saw the place, naalala ko yung post mo :)

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    1. Thanks. My last retreat was in Caleruega too. But yes I went to Club Balai Isabel a few months ago for an out of town work. Natuwa naman ako, naalala mo yung post ko. Hope you are btw feeling better now. :)

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  12. What a stunningly gorgeous place to go on retreat! I hope you feel recharged spiritually, physically, and mentally. Your photos are so pretty, Diane, and I appreciate your sharing them with us.

    I hope you have a blessed week, my friend!
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  13. Ganda ganda. Been to Caleruega but never explored the place much. After seeing your photos parang gusto ko na magretreat din jan. Haha!

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  14. Caleruega is beyond gorgeous, it's breathtaking! I could totally see myself meditating in any number of those lovely gardens & other outdoor spaces, & I'm not even a meditating-type person...lol! The interiors were beautiful as well. The podium in the Chapel of Transfiguration was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Good luck on your next "working retreat."
    CAS

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