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Andorra

Day 26

More Pyrenees and Andorra

semi-overcast 22 °C

We woke to another beautiful day. After a great breakfast at the hotel we checked out of the hotel.

As we were in the lobby a woman walked up to us and said, "Is that a North American accent I hear." She was a woman from Vancouver, mostly Whistler, and also works in Park City, Utah. She is in the Pyrenees hiking some of the trails as she does in the US and Canada. She said she had been in Spain for two weeks and had only met one group of British women to speak English with and then us. We stood and chatted for quite some time before she got into her car and we got into ours.

Reta drove for the first part of the day. We drove along through the Pyrenees to a valley called Vall de Boi, a UNSECO site. This valley is known for its churches but we really did not notice them. The roads were twisting and narrow in some areas and easy to drive other places.

We had a quiet lunch in a parking area and Art took over driving.

Art's section of driving included some very high roads and some valleys. The highest pass he drove through was 1720 metres (5643 feet).

Along the way we saw communities built on the sides of mountains.

Community in valley in Pyrenees

Community in valley in Pyrenees

There was a variety of mountain scenes. The first was almost desert-like. The second was snow-capped peaks and the third was lower mountains covered in forests.

Desert mountain

Desert mountain

Desert mountain 2

Desert mountain 2

Snow capped mountain in Pyrenees

Snow capped mountain in Pyrenees

Abandoned mountain village

Abandoned mountain village

Lower forest covered mountains

Lower forest covered mountains

We then entered the small country of Andorra, formally known as the Principality of Andorra. This is a mountainous country known for skiing and duty-free shopping. This country is 468 square kilometres (181 square miles). The official language is Catalan. The first community we drove through was la Vella. Reta was charmed by the bicycle decorations on the light standards.

Andorra welcome

Andorra welcome

White bicycle decorates a light standard

White bicycle decorates a light standard

Orange bicycle decorates a light standard

Orange bicycle decorates a light standard

We arrived in El Serrat. We are staying in a hotel here. We have a snow-capped mountain behind our hotel and a river flowing by.

Snow capped mountain behind our hotel

Snow capped mountain behind our hotel

River flowing over rocks near our hotel

River flowing over rocks near our hotel

River flows under bridge and into valley

River flows under bridge and into valley

Because Catalan is the official language in Andorra, we see the Catalan flag on display.

Catalan flag

Catalan flag

We were walking around this small community and spotted another river nearby. We noticed a horse in a pasture near the river.

River in valley with horse in pasture

River in valley with horse in pasture

We arrived at our hotel and turned on the TV. We found a BBC station which was in English and now we are learning about the Royal Wedding. Looks like it was very beautiful.

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