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... offered stunning views. Then exploring the cobbled alleyways below, so many loverly small shops and restaurants with so much character.
Later we started our drive to Andorra, a small monarchy right on the border of France and Spain. We were not impressed with the pouring rain, and shocked seeing cars driving towards us covered in snow. As we climbed the mountain the rain turned into snow, quickly covering the road.
Did our first drift in the van at low speeds, I ...
... It had cobblestone streets and very old houses (some of them in ruins) and many still had occupants. From the village, you could see two other villages below it down the side of the mountain. It was up so high and everything about it was steep. We couldn't imagine how they would get the materials up there to build a house, or even get their groceries up there... especially when it was snowing. It is amazing to see how other people live in this world. When ...
... but OK until this morning, when the sun came out and the ski fields called. www.valnord.com is better than any of our photos. Immense place, and great skiing. Enough said. Tonight (29th) back for another go at the buffet, and then head back to the UK tomorrow, via overnight train.
Have a work for accom (HelpX) job in Cornwall starting Jan 2nd, so will let you know how things go.
Happy New Year, and enjoy the photos.
... the grab handle while riding a bus in the snow in the mountains is so invigorating.
Andorra is a place we visited 8 years ago, on our original European ride. We were here in the summer, and it made a real impression. Lots of things can be traced back to our visit here, not least of which our return. Back then it was a exploding with development, there were cranes , jack hammers and traffic everywhere, everything was cheap (duty free) ...
... tragic or untoward transpired, but the journey into Andorra on rainy twisting roads, and Cath forgetting her passport, caused some high anxiety. The capital city, Andorra la Vella, was at that time a tax-free haven, so along with the twisty roads, the poor weather and concern about missing travel papers, the group did not arrive in a rustic Pyrenean village, but rather a tawdry shopping centre. Thus, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that ...
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