A Road trip through France, Andorra and Spain. Through Belgium and France.
On our way to Southern Europe we normally take the highway through the Netherlands, Belgium and France, this time we decide to do it different and drive the smaller country roads just because they’re more fun to ride. This idea takes us to some nice places, but we also discover that Northern France is boring and monotonous to drive through. And even more important, it takes too much time. We agree with family in Spain to visit, so we have to keep in mind a bit of a schedule. After a two day drive we still didn’t pass Paris. Things have to change if we want to be in Spain on time.
We decide to do it differently and in the end we find ourselves taking the highway cruising south, down to Royan where we can take the boat to the province of Aquitaine. With its capital Bordeaux, the city worldwide known for its fine wines.
However, we’re not here for the good wines, but for the beautiful weather and good surf on the Atlantic waves of the Bay of Biscay. 200% chill mode is definitely on 🙂
Driving The Pyrenees
Motor driving in the Pyrenees, not a single kilometer of the road goes straight ahead. Check the winding roads in our rollercoaster video below.
Our route through the Pyrenees runs from the Atlantic coast in the west to Barcelona in the east. I just give you a few catch-words for an impression what it is like: Camp illegal in the wild, cross beautiful Andorra, visit remote authentic villages, find cows on winding mountain roads and count millions of stars at night.
Founded as a Roman city in the Middle Ages now a days the city of Barcelona is home to nearly two million inhabitants. Located on the Mediterranean, with the Costa Brava in the north and in the Costa del Garraf in the south, Barcelona is a popular city to visit and to live in. We cross the city at high speed with our two wheel freedom machine and continue on foot for this beautifull city. We eventually end up on the beach…
We go on family visits, near Barcelona, for socializing and a nice glass of wine and of course to bake legendary Dutch pancakes, despite that it was a challenge to find the right ingredients.
Colorful Barcelona Market
Mercat de Sant Josep/ La Boqueria, La Rambla.
Probably Barcelona’s best-known market, ideally situated just off La Rambla, makes this market a can’t miss must see. This market is an assault on your olfactory organ with odors from fish to fruit. The sold food items ranging from ready- made salads of fresh fruit for the weary tourist to still moving crabs and lobsters that are literally right out of the water (maybe you want a whole sheep’s head !?). Not to forget the candy colored stalls that work like a magnet for any child (or adult!).
Just like all the other nice things this road trip to Southern Europe comes to an end. Holland is calling again and we have to head north, but we have one nice last thing planned for our way back. Paris…
Au revoir Paris.
Thanks for reading, see ya next time…