Andorra
Andorra

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  • Day161

    Ahhh! Andorra!

    October 9 in Andorra

    We have a timeshare in the principality of Andorra. It is a very mountainous country, less than 1/6th the size of Rhode Island. Tourism is the biggest industry. People come here for skiing of course, as well as mountain climbing, hiking, bicycling, and motorcycling. The second industry is tobacco! On weekends, people come from France and Spain to buy tobacco and alcohol as it is cheaper--that is the time to stay off the roads!

    We don’t have easy access to WiFi so it isn’t easy to keep the blog up to date. The weather has been cool and rainy (snowy on the mountaintops the first few days). Mostly, we are hanging out, cooking, and reading.
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  • Day162

    Exploring Andorra

    October 10 in Andorra

    We drove up some beautiful valleys today. There are craggy mountains, streams, and waterfalls. The country also has lots of rocks! So most of the buildings, old bridges, and fences are made of them. There are many old rock churches which look very quaint and pretty against the mountain backdrops.

  • Day162

    Canillo, Andorra

    October 10 in Andorra

    This is the town where we go for groceries. There is only one grocery store in the village, but they seem to have what we need. Sometimes we hang out at the indoor ice rink to use the WiFi but it's really slow! It's fun to watch the children learning to play hockey.

    Up on top of the mountain behind the village is a clear platform to walk out on for a look down. We didn't drive up there--looked like one of those narrow roads with lots of switchbacks!Read more

  • Day164

    Rural Life, Andorra

    October 12 in Andorra

    We are at the opening of a very rural valley, where people graze cows, sheep, and goats. While exploring the valley, we came upon a cattle drive, which was really fun to see, with all the neighbors helping. We had to follow the cows all the way down the valley to our condo. And we had just washed the car!Read more

  • Day163

    Vall d'Incles Hike

    October 11 in Andorra

    There are lots of hiking trails. I didn't have a map, so I just followed one near our condo. It is called Cami de l'Obac, which means Shady Road. It follows along the Incles creek into the valley for some pretty views. Since the sun came out yesterday, the crocus are blooming everywhere!

  • Day8

    Andorra

    September 13 in Andorra

    First approach into Andorra just climbing into the Pyrenees, it's unique and just awesome, weather cooler but still sunny, hoping to get out on my bike tomorrow, will be early as Vuelta finishing here today at the coll de la Rabassa. Saturday penultimate stage starts and finishes in Andorra, should be good 😀Read more

  • Day67

    Day 67: Andorra

    April 23, 2017 in Andorra

    Time for another country and another world heritage site! Today was the day for visiting Andorra, a tiny country situated entirely in the Pyrenees. It's an odd little spot, since it's not a member of the EU but they use the Euro, it's not a member of the Schengen agreement but has no border controls, and are self-governing but at the same time their joint heads of state are the French president and the Spanish king. Go figure!

    Although it was only about 60 kilometres in a straight line from our apartment in the Vall de Boi, it was going to be a 2.5 hour drive since we had to drive south out of the mountains, eastward through some passes and canyons, then join up with the main road into the principality from Spain. Long and slow drive, but a very spectacular one, with towering cliffs, very narrow canyons, lots of tunnels and a few epic mountain passes.

    I should also mention that before we left, we had a small breakfast at a cafe across the road in the sun. All of the townsfolk were out in the street setting up stalls as today is St Jordi's day (St George), where in Catalonia it's tradition for women to be given a rose, and men to be given a book. Lots of people setting up stalls to sell those items, and lots of Catalan flag decorations around as well.

    Back to Andorra, where we arrived early afternoon. Despite it's spectacular mountain setting, the capital city (Andorra La Vella) isn't much to look at. There isn't an old town or anything, just a few narrow streets around the parliament building. Otherwise literally everything is dedicated to the two "S"es that make up most of Andorra's economy - shopping and skiing. Not much of the latter happening this time of year, so it was entirely shopping! Most purchases can be made duty-free here, so large parts of the country were covered with factory outlets, discount retailers and the like. It almost felt like a country-sized version of an airport duty free store.

    We had lunch at a frankfurt place and a short wander around before heading to the world heritage site. This one was the Vall del Madriu-Perafita-Claror, and is supposedly a superb untouched mountain valley where humans have had only minimal impact on the land, despite farming and working there for centuries.

    Annoyingly, it's so pristine that no roads go in there, and we were left with hiking in as our only option. But we only had a rough idea of where to start since being in a different country meant my phone's data wasn't working and I couldn't look any information up! So we were relying on vague memories.

    Eventually we found the start of the walking trail and were happy to find it was very easy going - wide, flat and smooth, probably even good enough for wheelchair-bound people to use. Very high up overlooking the capital so we had some good views, though a lot of the walk was in pine forests too.

    It was about an hour's walk to the start of the world heritage site where we had a good vantage point overlooking the valley. Given that we'd climbed an awful lot to get to this point and the valley stretched out below us, we agreed that just looking at the valley from here was going to be good enough. It'll be an odd video since we only did the barest of visits, but neither of us felt particularly up for a hugely challenging hike (particularly Schnitzel).

    Back to the car where we drove out to our accommodation, a large ski chalet type place that was obviously in the middle of their summer renovations. Very few guests around and it felt a bit like The Shining, particularly since the corridor lighting was all sensor controlled.

    Took advantage of the facilities and visited the indoor pool, though we got in trouble from the lifeguard for bringing a plastic bag in (you're supposed to leave everything in lockers but neither of us brought a euro coin for the deposit and couldn't be bothered with the 5 minute walk and 3 elevator rides back to our room). She relented but then told us off again when we got in the pool without swimming caps - apparently they were mandatory too! At least we could use the jacuzzi without them, so we stayed there instead.

    Had dinner at the hotel restaurant where I had a pizza and watched Real Madrid play Barcelona, much to Shandos's delight. We ordered a Nutella pizza for dessert but annoyingly it was quite burnt. Neither of us felt like complaining due to the language barrier, so we just picked at it. Back to bed where I watched the end of the game and enjoyed our first and last night in Andorra!
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  • Day107

    Andorra la Vella

    November 17, 2017 in Andorra

    Dr Wäg uf Andorra la Vella het dürnä ganz nöie u wunderschönä Teil vo Spanies Nordä gfüehrt. Hie hets itz richtig afa herbstlä, d' Böim heisech guldig gfärbt u immer widr hei wissi Bärgspitzä füräglüüslet.
    Z' Andorra när aacho, simr ufnä mega tollä Camping zmitts ir Stadt. Sobaud dr letscht Sunnästrauh isch ungergangä, isch d' Cheuti cho. U die hets auso in sich gha! Zu üsem Glück isch z' Bad uf däm Camping gheizt gsi u so heimr üs wenigstens dert chle chönnä gah wermä. Nachem Znacht simr abr schnäu i Alj.
    Hüt simr die Stadt gah gschouä. Äs sehr hübsches Stedtli! Zmitts idä Pyrenäen, d' Bärgchötti hie, und amnä Fluss ligts. Äs het zimlech Ähnlechkeitä zumnä Schwizer Bärgstedtli: viu (tüüri) Lädä, d' Laag zwüschä dä Bärgä, z' Wätter u z' grossä Skigebiet.
    Nachdäm mir dür d' Strassä si gloffä u i paar Lädä si, heimr de oscho dr Rückwäg müessä aagah. Üses nächschtä Ziu isch nämlech Carcassone u ds isch vo hie no paar Stung entfernt.
    So simr auso dr Alj gah holä u si los. Mir si widr uf Spanie u si vo dert dür vili härzegi Dörfer uf Frankriich.
    Itz heimr auso ändgültig Spanie verlah. So lang simr in Spanie greiset u hei ds Land dörfä entdeckä. Mir si überrascht wordä vo derä riesä Viufaut, wo ds Land z' bietä het u hei mega viu tolli Begägnigä dörfä ha! Hasta luego, España!
    Z' Frankriich heimr de o die erstä Schneefläckä aahtroffä – Schwiz (und Winter) mir chömä nööcher!
    Z' Carcassone het du leider dr Camping womr hei usegsuecht zue gha (obschons het gheissä, daser off isch...) u so heimr haut ufemnä Steuplatz übernachtet.
    Morn göhmr Carcassone gah aaluegä u när uf Nizza.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Principality of Andorra, Andorra, Andora, አንዶራ, اندورا, ܐܢܕܘܪܐ, Андора, Andɔr, এ্যান্ডোরা, ཨེན་ཌོ་ར།, Andorra nutome, Ανδόρα, Andoro, آندورا, Anndoora, Andorre, Andore, Andóra, ઍંડોરા, אנדורה, अंडोरा, Անդորա, アンドラ, ანდორა, Андорра, អានដូរ៉ា, ಅಂಡೋರಾ, 안도라, ئاندۆرا, Andorɛ, ອັນດໍລາ, അന്‍റോറ, अँडोरा, अन्डोर्रा, Andòrra, ଆଣ୍ଡୋରା, Andurra, अण्डोरा, Andôro, ඇන්ඩෝරාව, Andorrë, அன்டோரா, అన్డోరా, อันดอร์รา, ʻEnitola, ئاندوررا, انڈورا, Landorän, Orílẹ́ède Ààndórà, 安道尔, i-Andorra

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