Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees. This is how Andorra sells itself to the world. Andorra la Vella is the highest capital in Europe with its 1023m above sea level. Its economy is linked to banking and mountain sports like skiing in winter with two of the best ski resorts in Europe: Grandvalira and Vallnord. It is a popular destination for people from Catalonia and France, as it has border with both countries and the low taxes attract crowds of people from the closest metropoli: Barcelona. Shopping is one of the main attractions of this diminute country in the middle of the mountains.
We spent last weekend doing shopping, sightseeing and visiting Romanesque churches in Andorra. But our starting point was La Seu d’Urgell, the last town in Catalonia before crossing the border. In La Seu d’Urgell we slept in the Parador, an amazing rural hotel with a fantastic cloister. Temperatures were between 0ºC and -14ºC all the weekend and the landscapes were full of snow. Do you want to discover Andorra with us?
Two weeks ago I (Laura) visited London with my cousin. We wanted to celebrate our respective birthdays, which took place in November, in a special manner. And there is no better way to celebrate a birthday than a girls trip to one of the most important and fascinating cities in the world. It was only a weekend, but we created memories that will remain for a long time.
Dídac, my other half in this blog, has been to London several times. However, for me it was only my second time there. The first one was in summer, when I was 18. I had always dreamed of visiting London and then I finally convinced my parents and managed to attend an English course there. Life is full of coincidences: my English school was in Russell Square when I was 18 and our hostel this time was near Russell Square too. The same sceneries but in a different season: this year our trip to London meant the arrival of Christmas in our hearts. Lights and gifts everywhere, and a special surprise: a wonderful viewpoint that only exists as from 2015. Do you want to know from where the above picture was taken? Just keep reading!
First of all: Thanks to Jesper and Susan from The Biveros Effect for this incredible post. This is the first seed of a collaboration between Mapping The Map and Biveros. Don’t miss what Jesper and Susan explain about Åland Islands. It is really a paradise in the north of Europe.
Water as far as your eyes can see, red granite cliffs and a tranquility that calms your soul. Welcome to the beautiful Åland Islands! 6500 skerries and islands in the Baltic Sea form an autonomous and demilitarized region that is located between Finland to the east and Sweden in the west. It is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland and it is also the smallest region in the country. With approximately 30 000 inhabitants, you rarely feel overwhelmed by the crowds. Believe it or not, it is also the area in the Nordic countries with the most hours of sunshine!
It was August in Austria but it was only 3ºC when we got up at 2,600 m in Grossglockner Alpine Road. We had a plan for that morning: to drive towards the Salzach Valley and then to the West to find the largest waterfalls in Europe, the Krimml waterfalls. They are found at the entrance of the valley in the Hohe Tauern National Park and they are one of the most breathtaking destinations in the entire alpine region.
As we explained some weeks ago when we were back from Namibia, one of the reasons for us to visit the south of the country was the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. This town was once a rich diamond mining village built in the German architectural style. But, in the middle of the last century, the village was abandoned and today only the sand of the Namib desert lives there.