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... around Andorra La Vella.
The place is in a spectacular setting, deep in a valley surrounded by very high and steep cliffs.
The city isn't at all like I expected it to be. I expected an 'olde worlde' type city with lots of wooden buildings, quaint tourist shops and plenty of restaurants, with cobbled streets. The city isn't like that at all. It is a modern city ...
... just over the border in a town called Puigcerda and had Tapas at a local restaurant.
After this, our route took us further west for a few miles before taking us north and over the border into Andorra, the 10th country of our trip.
Although we were waved through and not stopped, there is actually a proper border crossing on this border.
The road up to the capital of Andorra, Andorra La Vella, is through a valley ...
This is the last day that we have the car and after 32 days of driving I am ready to return it. It take me ten minutes before we leave to give it a quick wash - after a month it needs it. Our lovely GPS will not recognise Barcelona Airport, so we settle for entering Barcelona as our destination. The roads out of Andorra are very good, but it takes almost 90 minutes to completely clear the Pyrennes. With some impressive tunnels it is ...
... we go down the hill to Andorra Le Vella, the main settlement with a population of over 20,000 and which is only 1000m above sea level. We have lunch and do some shopping, I get a couple of ties and we both get our haircuts. Despite the very prosperous look of Andorra, it apparently has few taxes, so things are a little cheaper. Very few of the shopkeepers know any English, with the main languages being Catalan and Spanish, followed by French. English is a very poor fourth. ...
... but our Spanish guide book was unable to offer much assistance in deciphering the local menu. We chose what we took was a combination meal perhaps consisting of a few types of tapas type treat's as well as some calamari. But the combo was simply salad, chips and a piece of chicken and a dish of calamari no better that from an Aussie fish shop. Strange.
But maybe we'd simply made the wrong selection in terms of both venue and food offerings. We'd also ordered a vino ...