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Via Andorra to Barcelona, a beautiful trip through the Pyrenees

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Spain, summer 2001, via Andorra to Barcelona, a beautiful trip through the Pyrenees

For years, Teije tries to reach Andorra, but everytime failed for some reason: a car which gave too much trouble (at least 3 times), or suddenly he ran out of time, etcetera. Reason enough to pass through it this time, on our way to Portugal.
French Pyrenees French PyreneesIn France we enter the Pyrenees and for the first time this holiday we are surrounded by mountains. We love mountain landscapes, so we are very happy.
At last, Teije has reached Andorra after so many years of trying. The landscape is beautiful and we walk around for a few hours. And of course we have to do some shopping and we get lost in the luxurious capital, Andorra la Velha. A few hours is great to enjoy this beautiful country.
Andorra AndorraAndorra is a small country in the middle of the Pyrenees. There are only a few roads and we drive all of them. Mountains, mountains and more mountains. We love it!
We only spend a short time here, but it is really worthwhile. At least, when you like mountain sceneries. The capital clearly shows the wealth of the country and is a very luxurious place.
After a thorough inspection at the Spanish border (the customs don't find the cigarettes we have bought, nor the liquors), we stop at the first bar we see to test the Spanish coffee and beer. We like them both. Well, Elisabeth her coffee, although Teije doesn't like the coffee as she drinks it: too strong. He sticks to a mild beer, which Elisabeth doesn't drink.
At the end of the day we arrive at Barcelona. We think we know exactly where to go for a campsite (13 kilometers south of the city) but we get lost in all the traffic and the different highways going in and out of Barcelona. But after asking a few people (they are all very polite but only speak Spanish and we don't), we end up one campsite further than we have planned. Not so bad, we think. The campsites are all on the highway and you pass them by very easily.
Mediterranean at BarcelonaWe take a place near the beach and end the day reading books about Barcelona, and of course visit a bar. But it is still a bit too chilly to sit outside, or is it the weariness? It has been a long journey and we are glad we will stay here for a couple of days.


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