My Travel Story – Barcelona

Last summer I was able to visit a truly beautiful city, Barcelona, Spain. I was in Barcelona for a little less than two weeks – I really could have spent about a month exploring all of the different areas. I know everyone says that New York is the city that never sleeps, but I think Barcelona is a close second!

My first day in Barcelona I went directly to my hostel – which happened to be in the perfect location (more about that later!). I quickly unpacked my stuff, charged my camera and set out. I knew I had a fair bit of time to spend in Barcelona – but I really wanted to make the most of my time. I would soon regret this as I forgot that Spanish people often eat dinner quite late. I was starving by the time I got back to my hostel – Equity Point Centric – and grabbed my wallet. Continue reading

Andorra – Europe’s Tiny Mountain Country

Now, when I was first planning my last trip to Europe about a year ago, I had never even heard of Andorra. But, with all the map searching and route planning I did, I “discovered” this tiny country nestled in the border between France and Spain. Located in the Pyrenees Mountains, this country Andorra is easy to miss if you don’t know it is there.I am not much of a shopper, but if you like to shop you will love Andorra. The country is a hub for ‘duty free’ shopping and boasts cheap prices and a ton of options.

Since I have a love for tiny countries (like Vatican City!) I knew I had to make a stop in Andorra. I am glad I did. Aside from the touristy shopping and markets which there are tons of, Andorra has some beautiful scenery. Take a walk in the foothills, or ride the ferris wheel in Andorra la Vella (the main city in Andorra) for some amazing picture – esque beauty. My favourite thing to do was just hike around the hills and take pictures of the tiny city surrounded be mountains. Andorra can be a day trip from Barcelona, Spain so if you are in the area, make sure to take a day to explore this awesome country (that sounds funny to say that you can explore a whole country in a day!). The drive up to Andorra is also beautiful and you can stop in Girona or Baja, Spain for some beautiful architecture and authentic more small town experiences with the locals. 

Seriously, if you are planning a trip to Southern France or Northern Spain you HAVE to go to Andorra. Even if you are traveling through this area, it makes a nice stop to take a break from travelling!

Happy Travels 🙂