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In March/April 2017 I flew to Barcelona, Spain for 2 weeks with a drive around the nearby Catalunya region and into the small country of Andorra...

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Tarragona, Spain - The Balcó del Mediterrani (balcony to the Mediterranean) provides great views.

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Tarragona, Spain - The 2nd century Roman amphitheatre is 109 metres (358 feet) by 86 metres (282 feet) to seat 14,000 people. Fortunately for me, it wasn't that crowded.

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Santes Creus, Spain - The highlight is the 12th century Monestir (Monastery) de Santes Creus.

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Montserrat, Spain - Monestir (Monastery) de montserrat in a spectacular setting of Mont Serrat (Serrated Mountain).

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Tarragona, Spain - I think it was something I ate...

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Montblanc, Spain - Really nice, walled medieval city.

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Poblet, Spain - The Monestir (Monastery) de Poblet is actually enclosed by fortified walls, adding a touch of grandeur.

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Lleida, Spain - That building? Not a monastery. It is however, a cathedral, La Seu Vella (the Old Cathedral of Lleida). Bet you didn't see that coming.

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Tremp, Spain - Some of the beautiful countryside in Catalonia. Sometimes you just have to stop.

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Besalú, Spain - Crossing the Fluvià River on the Pont de Besalú (bridge) only is the tip of how incredibly beautiful this medieval town is.

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Girona, Spain - Brightly colored houses line the Riu Onyar (River).

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Peratallada, Spain - This beautiful town is completely enclosed in the original medieval town walls. The town name means 'carved stone', and as you can see, the town really is made of stone.

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Tossa de Mar, Spain - Situated on the Costa Brava, the Vila Vella (Old Town) is high above, providing great views.

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Tossa de Mar, Spain - See? Didn't I tell you? Great views...

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Blanes, Spain - Blanes has one of the longest beaches on the Costa Brava. That's my hotel just on the left. BTW: it's pronounced 'blah-nes'.

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Barcelona, Spain - I've said it before, the Plaça d'Espanya is a great place to start your visit in Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain - The Sagrada Família, last time I saw it was in 2004, still not finished yet. Started in 1882, they say it will be done in 2026.

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Barcelona, Spain - Casa Batlló is a building designed by Antoni Gaudí, top to bottom, very unique, very gaudy.

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Barcelona, Spain - Montjuïc Castle, from 1640, has great views over Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain - The Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys stadium was the center of the 1992 summer Olympics.

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Barcelona, Spain - Built in 1929, The Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum in central Barcelona that represents all of Spain’s best.

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Barcelona, Spain - A view of the Mediterranean Sea from the small village of Barceloneta. Most of the buildings here were built around 1800.

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Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona has its own Arc del Triomf, built for the 1888 World's Fair to welcome visitors. From the looks of the crowd, it seems to be still doing its job.

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Barcelona, Spain - La Rambla is the Champs-Élysées of Barcelona, lots of stuff to do. Centrally located, my hotel is just down the street on the right.

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Barcelona, Spain - Plaça de Catalunya is often referred to as the heart of the city.

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Barcelona, Spain - Officially called Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, most call it the Barcelona Cathedral. Catalonian locals refer to it as La Seu (the seat).

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Barcelona, Spain - The 60 metre (197 foot) Monument a Colom (Columbus Monument) at the end of La Rambla, marks where Columbus landed returning from his venture to the Caribbean in 1493. It also marks the end of my Spanish journey, this time.

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El Pas de la Casa, Andorra - El Pas de la Casa (the pass of the house) is a big ski resort town in the Pyrenees mountains. Look! I think I see France!

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Andorra - Driving through the country. Despite the snow, they have to clear all 3 of the countries roads if they want anyone to visit this little country. Yes, 3 roads. OK, maybe 4.

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Soldeu, Andorra - When a country has as many mountains as Andorra, you get quite a few ski towns. Makes it nice and quiet when the snow goes away.

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Canillo, Andorra - Oddly, but interestingly, they have the Museu de les Dues Rodes (Motorcycle Museum). Yes, it's all underground.

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Encamp, Andorra - Encamp, the 3rd largest city in Andorra with about 11,000 people, rests in the Valira d'Orient river valley.

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra - Caldea is a spa resort opened in 1994. With 18 floors and 6,000 square metres (64,500 square feet) it is Europe's largest spa. To top that off, at 80 metres (262 feet), it is Andorra's tallest building.

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra - Although Sant Pere Martir Church was built in 1956, they used a classic neo-romaticism style to fit in. The LED lighting brings it into the modern age.

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra - The Salvador Dali sculpture La Noblesse du Temps (The nobility of time), with Puente de Paris (bridge) in the background crossing the Riu Valira (river).

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra - Lots of shopping in Andorra.

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra - After all that shopping and working up an appetite, why not have some dried meat in a cone?

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