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Travel Blogs from Sant Julia de Loria
... of had to use them crossing over into Spain, of all places...
With Skippy wearing her new chains we tackled the steep climb. The road was dangerous enough with all the fresh snow, but it became even more stressful with every couple of metres stationary cars and their occupants stood in our way. Eventually we came to the boarder crossing, leaving France ready to explore Andorra. Parked for the night in the capital Andorra del Villa with our hot water bottles close by.
We have spent the last 5 nights in the Deep South of France... a little town in the Pyrenees called Verdun. It was beautiful. The Pyrenees is quite close to the Spanish border. We stayed in Bernie's parents old family home, which was built in the 1600's. It was originally a monastery that was attached to a little old church which was built in the 1100's. Incredibly old. It was like walking into a museum from the 1950's. Everything was in it's original condition, ...
Boxing day morning. Woke to snow falling. Time to explore the ski fields, by bus.
Snowing heavily at Ordino and La Massana, no wind, and not much visibility.
Home safely, after an interesting trip (!) and made the only choice we could. Off to Caldea. www.caldea.com. Thermal spa, like Hanmer, but bigger, and with the snow falling on heads and eyelashes and staying there, views of the mountains, and steam rising ...
... of history, culture, and outdoor leisure activities, when there are 1400 stores selling "renown brands and new trends in fashion, prestigious jewelery, watches, not to mention outdoor clothing" along a high street 10 kilometers in length, you get the real picture pretty quick. Its like being in the duty free departure lounge at the international airport. Rolex occupy a building across the street. And that's where the dichotomy comes in. ...
As we drove to Andorra on a sunny Sunday afternoon the roads were clear, although twisty and turny, and as we got closer to Andorra the snow along the road got deeper and deeper. Beauty! Andorra is a tiny country tucked between France and Spain in the Pyrenees. Legend has it that the principality was established by Charlemagne as thanks for the men of the valleys of the region fighting against the Moors. Eventually it was co-ruled by the Bishop of Urgell ...
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