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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 ...
... seen some fantastic sights and not a single scratch on the car! I am very pleased and just a little amazed. Our little Peugeot 208 has been a delight to drive and we will miss her. Everything about the car has been a delight, except perhaps the GPS, which while indispensable was also at times frustrating. We catch the train into Les Rambles and then walk 5 minutes to our accommodation. Unfortunately we are left standing outside for ...
... 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. ...
... television coverage, as the riders struggle up possibly the same roads we traversed today although I suspect zig-zagging roads are many in the large expanse that forms the combined Pyrenees.
It's somewhat surprising the Spanish didn't have a crack at tunnelling straight through the thickened bases of these mountains. But perhaps even Spanish excess has it limits (but I still bet they seriously considered the option).
We rose over two main ridges - the first ...