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... we realized that there wasn't an accident. There were about a hundred cattle being ushered between the cars! So bizarre! We finally made it into a few skiing villages and tried to find an interesting place to stop and eat. We kept passing small settlements and were holding out for the major cities, but before long we were at the border station for Spain. We had driven through the entire country in about an hour without even realizing it! We ...
... 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 ...
... is in the nearby settlement of Ordino, just a few kilometres up the valley. The apart-hotel is very modern and very nice, probably the best of our trip. In fact most of the hotels and apartments in Ordino are quite new and there are five big construction cranes in this small village. Not surprising as Andorra has 10m visitors a year. In the evening we wander around the village, buy some snacks and retire to the comfort of our apartment. We even have some English TV news ...