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My car travels to Europe (day 10). Cote d’Azur, from Cannes to Nice

 

Cote d'Azur, CannesThe Cote d’Azur on the south east coast of France is one of the most attractive destinations for travelers and a favorite place of sun worshipers. There is no debilitating heat; even at temperatures above 30C it always feels pleasant with cool flows of wind, flowing down from the Alps, at the same time the mountainous mainland protects the area in winter. Holidays on the Cote d’Azur are very popular among wealthy tourists. Nevertheless, no matter which hotel you decide to stay at in the city of Cannes, whether in the presidential suite, a low-cost apartment or simply visit on a day trip, you will feel the same joy in your heart whilst you are there.

The evening we arrived, we were immediately immersed in the atmosphere of Cannes, with its narrow restaurant filled alleys, lighted pavements and beautiful seafront gardens.

Cote d'Azur, CannesIn the morning this sunny city is no less pleasant and affectionate, itCote d'Azur, Cannes was great to wake up, open your eyes and see the azure sea in front of you everyday. Your first impulse is to jump in the water, splash the sea surface and experience that great feeling of being alive. Never forgetting to make a mental note of these pleasant memories, no matter where you are, in a green forest, in a tent on the shore of a lake or on a mountaintop. These experiences will help to fill your life with memorable moments that you will recall again and again.

We had our early breakfast with yoghurt on the beach and fed the pigeons and seagulls with crumbs of croissants. We then drove along the main promenade of the resort, the Boulevard de la Croisette, which is about 3 km long. At about 8 am the town begins to wake, some are in a hurry for business or work but most are tourists and visitors without any cares with summer bliss on their faces, strolling along the sun-drenched streets where a special atmosphere can be felt in any weather. This is a coast of contrasts; nowhere else have I seen such a number of very well dressed people, where else can you see women not teenagers dressed in mini skirts and high heels. Perhaps this is just my feminine observation but it seemed to make all the people ageless. It was wonderful to see young and old people, rich and poor, locals and foreigners enjoying a carefree sunny atmosphere.

 

Cote d'Azur, Juan-les-PinsThe next town was Juan-les-Pins, which I also did not feel like leaving. Cote d'Azur, Juan-les-PinsNo wonder jazz musicians chose this town as their capital. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here in 1815, after his detention on the island of Elba. Today, it is a great place for holidays with lots of activities, exquisite shops, white sandy beaches and parasols as far as the eye can see…

Between the towns of Juan-les-Pins and Antibes there is peninsula, where in 1857 the botanist Gustave Thuret founded an extraordinary botanical garden with tropical plants, known today as The Jardin botanigue de la Villa Thuret.

Cote d'Azur, AntibesOur next destination was the town of Antibes  which is built on the site of an Cote d'Azur, Antibesancient settlement founded by the Greeks in the 5th-century BC and is now the second largest town on the Cote D’Azur after Nice. It is impossible to list all the famous people that have stayed here, a lot of writers and painters have created some of their best masterpieces here. Pablo Picasso painted 150 paintings during his six months stay in the Chateau Grimaldi, built in the 14th century by Prince Grimaldi of Monaco. The castle is now the Picasso Museum.

Antibes was once the most fortified town on the south coast of France, many landmarks have survived to this day, including Fort Carre, a star-shaped bastion built in the 17th century by Marguis de Vauban, whom I mentioned in a previous article. Antibes is also a favorite holiday resort for wealthy people from around Europe, who discovered its natural beauty, amazing and charming southern feel, white sandy beaches and one of the largest yacht ports in the area. Among the green tropical plants along one of the alleys next to the fortress, I discovered a huge bush of Aloe Vera, which was a positive giant compared with my little plant, which I have grown on the windowsill of my house.

 

Cote d'Azur, NiceThe next city we visited was Nice, called “Nice la Belle” which means Nice the Beautiful in sub dialect spoken in the city of Nice. If no other words can express delight, you can simply say, Cote d'Azur, Nicebeautiful!” The English word “nice” is “beautiful”, only the pronunciation is different. I do not know whether there is a connection between the English word “nice” and the name of Nice but the British certainly have contributed to the transformation of Nice into a first-class resort. Indeed, the main sea promenade is named the “Promenade des Anglais” in their honor.

Cote d'Azur, NiceAccording to archaeologists who have unearthed artifacts in local Cote d'Azur, Nicecaves over a hundred years ago, intelligent life existed in Nice over 900,000 years ago. Ancient Greeks founded Nice around 350 BC and called the settlement Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. For many centuries the French kings tried to capture Nice from occupiers and it was only after the Treaty of Turin in 1860 that Nice was transferred to France. Soon after the English upper classes and a number of aristocratic families took to spending holidays there.

The city occupies a very large area of coastal promontory, divided on one side into a large Cote d'Azur, Niceharbor and on the other side as a resort area along the Promenade des Anglais. Incidentally, one of the saddest pages in the history of Nice was the death of the famous dancer Isadora Duncan in 1927, when she was strangled by her long scarf, which was caught in the spokes of the sports car she was traveling in along the Promenade des Anglais.

Cote d'Azur, NiceThe city has many beautiful and diverse architectural styles, including Cote d'Azur, Nicemany museums, such as the Musee des Beaux-Arts and the Musee Matisse, as well as art galleries, churches and Cathedrals. Famous artists seeking inspiration came to Nice and some outstanding paintings, including the art of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle, are exhibited in some of the world’s famous art galleries. A symbol of the Côte d’Azur built in a classical style is the Hotel “Negresco”, where since 1913 Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, John D. Rockefeller, Brigitte Bardot, “The Beatles”, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and many other celebrities have stayed. Each apartment has its own style and in the halls, rooms and restaurants, original works of art such as paintings, sculptures, tapestries and antique furniture can be found. Many buildings are associated with Russian history, when the royal family and the Russian elite came here for holidays and the Russian writer Anton Chekhov once jokingly called the city “The Russian Riviera”.

Unlike Cannes and Nice, which are cultural capitals in the south of France and are visited by representatives of the arts, film and literature, other towns along the eastern coast of France are more like a paradise for the rich…

(To be continued…)

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My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d’Azur

 

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur “What azure!” – That was what French writer Stephen Liegeard expressed when he first set sight on the beauty of the bay of Hyères. In My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur 1887 he published his book called “La Cote d’azur“, and since then the rugged coves on the south-eastern Mediterranean coast of France from Toulon to the Italian border, bordered on the north and east by the Alps, became known as the Côte d’Azur. Blessed by 300 sunny days a year, gifted with a mild Mediterranean climate, where despite the high summer temperatures 35, does not feel stuffy because of the low humidity, the region is a paradise for holidaymakers.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur The City of Toulon, founded by the Phoenicians, became the main My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur naval base of France. King Charles VIII started to build a port in Toulon harbour due to its natural advantages and shapes. While the port was being completed, an architect called Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban constructed the fortifications. Napoleon Bonaparte began his career in Toulon. In 1942 the leader of Nazi Germany sought to acquire the city, understanding it’s strategic value, in order to stop this happening, the French leadership sank 77 ships in the harbor of Toulon. It was one of the brightest pages in the history of Toulon.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur The nicest part of our trip along the Côte d’Azur began at Toulon. My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur The town of Hyeres is situated next to Toulon and was founded as a Greek colony with lots of medieval architecture still preserved to this day. In the 18th century Hyeres became the first French resort after the British and French aristocrats and celebrities started visiting the place. There are incredibly beautiful avenues lined with palm trees in the town, that’s why it is also known as Hyeres-les-Palmiers.

The huge variety of landscape along the cost is decorated with many shades of flowering shrubs, especially pink Oleander and yellow Cacti. I would like to see this beautiful area in the spring, when the coast is blooming with Mimosa flowers creating thousands of small yellow delicate suns. Thanks to the abundance of mimosa on this cost, the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas got its name and the coast from Bormes-les-Mimosas to the town of Saint-Raphael is called the Golden Road of the French Riviera.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur You would think that the name of next town called Le Lavandou may My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur have been named after the lavender which is grown everywhere in Provence. But in fact the name was of a former fishing village which derives its name from the local form of the Occitan called Lavoir, which means a public place for washing clothes. Probably such a place existed in the old days but now there are 12 clean beaches and they are all marked with blue flags. Water in the Ligurian Sea has a really azure hue all along the coast. We stopped to swim at one of the beach, where the sand was littered with silver speckles making the water sparkle with or without sunshine.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur We next visited the ancient town of Saint-Tropez, I was dazzled by My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur the white sailboats and yachts that were moored in one of the most beautiful harbors in this area called Port Grimaud. The ancient castle of Chateau de Suffren with a thousand years of history preserved in the port and the fishing quarter of the city not changed for the past hundred years. This small fishing village became famous in 1956, when the movie “And God Created Woman”, starring Brigitte Bardot was made here. Brigitte Bardot, who played a major role in the movie, is now famous all over the world and still lives in the town. Saint-Tropez became a fashionable resort for the glamorous, high society, the elite, and the place of dreams for many romantics.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur From the 18th century, and perhaps earlier, painters came to Saint-My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur Tropez and other towns of Cote d’Azur for inspiration to paint the beautiful scenery. One can recall Henri Matisse, who created the painting “Luxury, peace and bliss” in Saint-Tropez, Pablo Picasso, who created in Antibes, Renoir and Cézanne, who wrote Mediterranean landscapes in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Many artists were paid to stay in the hotels in exchange for their paintings, which are still exhibited in small art galleries. There is still a process of masterpiece creations on the waterfront of Saint-Tropez, where it is an artist’s studio and an art gallery at the same time.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur I should mention that arriving in all the towns of the Côte d’Azur, you My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur will never tire of admiring the beauty of the scenery which is unusual and in many respects similar, their similarity is that here as nowhere else you feel an atmosphere of peace and joy of life. We stopped in Frejus and Saint-Raphael, also two charming places associated with ancient history. Saint-Raphael’s old harbor is amazingly beautiful and the tower of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Victoire can be seen from any part of the town.

On the D559 highway we traveled along the coast of the Ligurian Sea in the direction of Cannes, where many viewing platforms are constructed overlooking the small bays with crystal clear waters against the background of red rocks from the Alps that terminate in the sea.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur Our last stop this day was the town of Cannes, a magnificent holidayMy car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur resort and host of the Film Festival and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Once upon a time it was a small fishing village when an English lord visited this place, fell in love with the beauty of the coast and built a large villa in the village. Slowly Cannes became the popular holiday destination for the English aristocracy and Russian high society. French writer Guy de Maupassant wrote “Princes, Princes, Princes are everywhere.” Today, to meet a prince on the street is not so easy but to see a celebrity in Cannes is very common.

The city was founded either in the 2nd century BC by the Ligurians or the Romans in 42 BC, which one is correct is not precisely determined. Here, the rich history of architectural monuments demands that you devote more than one day on your visit. The Croisset walk is a must along the promenade at sunset and a stroll around the small ancient streets, where the restaurants and cafes are filled with fun seeking tourists, since the cuisine of Provence is famous all over the world.

My car travels to Europe (day 9). Cote d'Azur Many people believe that traveling around different towns, man loses part of himself and becomes invisible at the same time. In a reminder of this quotation French artist Bruno Catalano has created bronze sculpture called “Les Voyageurs” that you can see on the seafront at Cannes. The statues have large parts of their bodies missing to signify this saying. Traveling around the country, we discovered a completely different world and many ancient traditions. What seems to be normal and customary in one country, to another it is completely unacceptable. It all depends on the prevailing culture, local history and customs and at the same time man is actually looking for freedom… Was it this, that the art of Bruno Catalano was trying to portray?

Cannes is one of those places on the Cote d’Azur, which is mainly visited by well off tourists mostly with yachts in the harbour or famous film stars. In the next part I will write about our journey from Cannes to Monte Carlo, another glamorous and very expensive Principality…

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My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern France

 

My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceMost of the surviving historical heritage buildings through the centuries of human history have been religious, ancient abbeys in mountains, cathedrals in towns, citadels, castles, palaces and of course quite a few aristocratic mansions of the ruling classes, against a background of poor cottages, modest buildings and derelict ruins of the oppressed class. The Region of Southern France blessed by the sun with a mild Mediterranean climate will always be known as paradise, blessed with castles, luxurious palaces and villas of the rich. Today we are traveling along the coast between Spain and Toulon.

Traveling through the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the coast from Perpignan to My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceToulon, we made a lot of brief stops. In its history Languedoc – Roussillon experienced many religious wars and was part of the path the Crusaders traveled through on the way to the Holy Land. It has also been the pilgrim’s way to the holy Christian sites of Spain. Many churches and religious shrines depict the historical heritage of the region and although Roussillon was Spanish land until 1659, it still retains a lot of the Catalan culture.

My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceWe took the A9 route along the coast, to the ancient city of Narbonne which was the first Roman colony in Gaul “as France was My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern Francethen known”. Next we visited Beziers, one of the oldest towns in France. The tower of the Saint-Nazaire Cathedral, which dates from the 13th century, dominates the area from the highest hill and it is the symbol of the town. Beziers made the history book, when the Crusaders slaughtered the Catholic population of the town in 1209. That’s another confirmation that the human history is largely the outcome of religious wars.

On the way to Montpellier, a region of mostly marshland and sea lagoons, we came across a few charming towns that have grown from small fishing villages. In the town of Sete there is an oyster farm along the shore and I believe many a gourmet has flocked there to enjoy this delectable seafood.

My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceMontpellier, the capital of this region of France has a very young My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern Francepopulation and has long been considered a city of students, as a university was founded here in 1220AD. The first thing that catches your eye passing through this city is the many decorative and artistically designed balconies that adorn the many blocks of apartments, which is what distinguishes this city from many others. From Montpellier to Arles we drove along the D66 and D62, where many nature reserves exist along the coast, one of them, the Camargue, has pink flamingos, egrets and wild white horses among other creatures; the place attracts many tourists and lovers of wild life.My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern France

In the city of Arles, many of the ancient buildings have been preserved where the first My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern Francesettlements of the Ligurians appeared, these were the ancient tribes that inhabited southeastern Gaul around 800 BC. The city was also very important during Roman times, especially as three Roman emperors, Constantine I, l l, and III loved the place. Recently it was associated with the Impressionists, when Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh chose it as the best place for painting. The climate of these places has also been associated through history with longevity, so far the most famous person of all and the oldest that has ever lived on earth, Jeanne Calment, was born and died here in 1997 at the age of 122 years. I think these two facts entitle Arles to be known as a healthy place.

My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceThat afternoon, we reached the town of Salon-de-Provence in the early evening. In this town the astrologer Nostradamus spent the last twenty-five years of life and puzzled mankind for many centuries by his forecasts of future centuries, which are still unraveling today. We stopped for tea in a bar where the music was loud inside and most visitors sat at tables outside on the pavement, a beautiful atmosphere on a warm June evening. We passed through the town, admiring the streets with beautiful illuminated lights but once on the open road along deserted suburbs, we could hear the sound of crickets and we could smell the scent of the lime trees.

My car travels to Europe (day 8). Southern FranceMarseille is a very large port city; somehow we lost our way and found ourselves on a road that we would rather have avoided. By mistake we wandered through a busy junction and ended up driving through some back streets of the city at about 2 am where most of the population consisted of Arab immigrants, which was very worrying. We passed lots of outdoor late night cafes and workshops, lucky for me that my partner spoke Arabic and we managed to get directions for the A50.

Leaving Marseilles along the A50 we drove through the town of Aubagne, then turned off on to route DN8, one of the most beautiful roads we came across towards the city of Toulon. By the light of our car headlamps we could just about make out the beauty of the mountains and rocks in the background with the strong aroma of the pine trees wafting through the car windows.

Finally we reached Toulon, where we spent the night, after traveling more than 800 km with a few stops along the way. Next time, I shall be writing about the Alps maritime and the Cote d’Azur.

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My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra – France

 

My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France After spending the night in El Pas de la Casa on the border with My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France France located at an altitude of 2408 meters above sea level, we got up at about 7 am only to find that the town is already awake, the shops opened their doors at 8am and crowds of tourists filled the streets by 9am. It is the highest ski resort in Andorra and is also visited by summer travelers, as it is the last opportunity for them to purchase duty-free goods before leaving Andorra. There are many hotels to accommodate them as it is also the second biggest duty-free shopping center after the Capital Andorra la Vella.

My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France At 10 am we were once again driving on a mountain road, our route My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France was along the RN20, RN116 through the Pyrenees to Languedoc-Roussillon, where the Pyrenees fade into the Mediterranean Sea. The winding road follows snow-capped peaks, blossoming valleys and ski slopes that look like green bands on the mountains in summer. Extraordinary beauty is everywhere! I wanted to stay on the lookout points overlooking the cliffs and gaze without stopping, holding on to this feeling of peace and tranquility forever.

The Catalan area between Andorra and Spain is considered a natural park and includes six My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France natural reserves with unique sites. Among the diverse wildlife (marmots, deer and golden eagles) there is a large number of rare species of butterflies and other insects. In the “Valley of Flowers” European botanists have been organising meetings since the 18th century.

My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France On the RN116 route there are two historical fortresses included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which were designed by the French architect, Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban, who was a military engineer and a Marshal of France, also upgrading the fortifications of around 300 cities.

One of those cities is the Citadel of Mont-Louis with its city walls reaching an altitude of 1600m above sea level built between 1679 and 1682 during the time of Louis XIV and used to protect France against the Spanish invaders.

My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France Another city we passed on the way Villefranche-de-Conflent founded in the 11th century, on My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France the slopes of the eastern peaks of the Pyrenees, and became the border between South and North Catalonia, after the partition of territories between France and Spain in 1654. Sebastien Le Preste de Vauban also designed the city walls, and erected Fort Liberia on the top of the hill.

From this town an alpine railway was laid passing through valleys and mountains to the town of Latour-de-Carol, a local landmark and tourist site.

My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France Our route of 160 km from the peaks of the French Pyrenees to the My car travels to Europe (day 7). Andorra - France Mediterranean took about four hours, taking into account all planned and unplanned stops in beautiful places and cozy little French villages. We arrived back in the Pyrenees-Orientales, part of province Languedoc-Roussillon, which has an interesting historical past, a Catalan culture and lots of modern resort towns like, La Grande Motte, Leucate, Barcarès, and Saint-Cyprien, with sandy beaches, quiet lagoons, lakes and hills and even reddish rocks off the coast of Côte Vermeille.

Argeles-sur-Mer 1 Argeles-sur-MerSunny Argeles-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean was a wonderful end of our day. In my next account I will write about our very long journey along the Southern coast of France at the foot of the Alps maritime.

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My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra

 

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraLike they say, “you can never feel the real power of the mountains until you start climbing their summits!” Let’s face it. Mountaineers climb the highest peaks of the world not only to set records but also to admire the beauty of nature from above. Motorists, who tour mountain areas with twisting roads, get aesthetic pleasure by admiring the ever-changing scenery on every bend. We traveled from Spain to Andorra, one of the smallest landlocked countries in Southwestern Europe, located in the Pyrenean Mountains, which lie between France and My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraSpain. We chose routes C37, C55, C26, C14, which are slightly longer than the standard highway in order to explore the beauty of the mountains.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraThe Principality of Andorra has existed and has been written about since 778 AD, when Catalan peasants inhabited the mountain valleys. Andorra derived from the Basque language of the people who live in the north of Spain, means “wasteland” (“andurrial”). Why Basques decided to call these lands wasteland, I will never understand, maybe it was due to its small population.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraThe history of this country has an unusual episode when it was proclaimed a Kingdom in July 1934. A Belarusian immigrant and 6 Andorra (9)adventurer by the name of Boris Skossyreff, with the support of a local population of five thousand, declared himself King Boris the first. This newly proclaimed King issued progressive laws and even printed a Constitution, which protected the interests of the Andorrans. Maybe this royal history would have lasted to this day, except that the Bishop of Urgell, who was one of the two existing Princes of Andorra, arrested King Boris after only 13 days, thus ending this short lived Kingdom. For a long time Andorra was isolated from Europe and was a depended country until 1993, when the State adopted the first constitution declaring itself a parliamentary democracy. Due to the liberal tax system that has been adopted, this poor patriarchal country soon developed into a thriving tourist center.

 

Landscapes along the way were mixed with a lot of abandoned and dilapidated old buildings, which probably have long and varied history spanning many years. Although they looked sad, they nonetheless held a beautiful and mysterious air about them. It was a shame that we had no time to explore their historical backgrounds. There are a lot of nature reserves in northern Catalonia. The scenery got greener and more beautiful with fantastic views the higher we drove up the mountains. Close to Andorra the road leads along some rocky peaks with glacial lakes and narrow valleys with some of the loveliest ever alpine meadows.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraWe made our first stop in the town of St Julia de Loria. In this region,My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra as well as in most of Andorra, there are many mobile home parks which also offer a variety of other services, you can rent a small mobile caravan with all amenities to accommodate individuals and families, or simply park in a designated place of the recreation park, usually next to a river or a beautiful area and sleep in your car for the night. Breakfast is usually offered in the nearby bar or restaurant. Finally, there are hotels at very reasonable cost depending on the star grades from 1 to 5.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraAndorra la Vella, the capital of the Principality of Andorra, is located My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra1079 meters above sea level in the valley of the river Valira. In winter skiers from all over Europe come to ski on these mountains, as well as year-round tourists who flock here, the highest European capital with duty-free shopping, where prices are positively lower. The whole town resembles a huge shopping center.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraMy car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraIn Andorra la Vella we parked in an underground car park and went for walk in the hot summer sun, where the temperature had reached about 30C that June. Summer in Andorra is usually mostly cool and dry. I was also surprised at the unusual layout of the town, when we entered one building from one side of the street, then climbed a couple of floors in an elevator and came out into another street on the opposite side of the road. The architecture of the town is mostly modern, which is consistent with the mentality of the local population.

 

A shopping-mania atmosphere reigns in the streets everywhere. Tourists with packages and bags are roaming the streets, from store to store, comparing prices with polite shopkeepers gladly offering discounts due to the severe competition. The merchandise sold consisted mainly of electronics, tobacco, alcohol, perfume and jewelry.

 

My car travels to Europe (day 6). AndorraOne of Europe’s largest health spas the Caldea, with a sharp glass My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorradome resembling a huge piece of ice, is a unique and unmatched setting in the Pyrenees. It was built in the town of Escaldes, which is next to the capital of Andorra! Under the arch of the thermal center there are baths, saunas, grottoes, and sunrooms. You really need to spend at least one full day here to appreciate it.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra

By the end of the day we decided to drive on through the mountains of Pyrenees My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorrato the French border. Bending totally deserted motorways gradually climbed up to the top of the mountains. The absence of cars, apparently, is due to drivers’ choice to use the new tunnel, which is most certainly faster. But using the tunnel and driving in the dark, you deny yourself the pleasure of stopping at the lookout points along the mountain route to admire the sunset over the spectacular peaks located 2,800 meters above sea level and still covered with snow in mid June.

My car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra

The road to France becomes extremely tortuous! We passed alongMy car travels to Europe (day 6). Andorra the way, the ski resort of El Pas de la Casa located near the French border at an altitude of 2408 meters. After a sharp turn on the road French town lights suddenly appeared in the distance, inviting us to stop and relax for the night before continuing our journey.

(To be continued in part 7…)

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