Andorra, our impressions, part II

See part I HERE.

Since we had a wonderful time in Andorra and took a lot of photos, here goes another random collection of this magnificent microstate in the Pyrenees.

If you like sports, adventure and nature, this is a place you may want to visit. Andorra promotes and supports the use of bikes and has many ski slopes. It has also some natural parks where you can have different activities and beautiful mountains where you can hike.

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Andorra, our impressions, part I

Andorra is a microstate in the Pyrenees between France and Spain and has a beautiful alpine landscape. From our road trip in Northern Spain we visited Andorra and stayed for three nights before we continued our journey back to Spain (all the way to Finisterra).

If you happen to be en the area of the Northeast coast, we highly recommend to go to Andorra, as its an amazing place with high, steep mountains and long deep valleys. If get off the main motorways you will find winding roads going over the mountain from one valley to another, giving astonishing views along the way. Its nature and landscapes reminded us of some parts of Norway, country in which we reside. Continue reading “Andorra, our impressions, part I”

Reflections in Water

We have a lot of nice photos that somewhat is difficult to fit into the “normal” posts, so here we go with some random photos with a common theme, reflections in water. All photos were taken in Norway last year.

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Maihaugen open-air Museum, Norway

Maihaugen is a open-air museum in Lillehammer, about 135 km north of Oslo. The museum has a collection of more than 200 houses and is divided into a rural area, city (mostly old Lillehammer buildings) and a residential area. The majority of the buildings originates from the Gudbrandsdalen from the last few centuries, but also has older buildings like Garmo Stave Church from 12th century.

We visited Maihaugen in 2006.

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Ilhabela, Brazil

Officially named Ilha de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Island), but commonly just called Ilhabela, the “Beautiful Island”, just outside the coast of São Paulo state. A short fifteen-minute boat or ferry trip brings you to the relatively small island with a population of about 32 000, witch during holiday season quadruples. For most people that comes to Ilhabela do it for the beaches, sailing and surfing, there is also a lot of hiking trails in the mountains where seven tops reaches above 1000 meters

Ilhabela also has a history of being a hiding place of pirates and privateers, and has the largest graveyard of shipwrecks in whole Brazil, making it a paradise for scuba divers. We visited the island about ten years ago.

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Curitiba to Paranaguá by train

One of the few scenic train routes in Brazil goes from Curitiba and winds its way trough the mountain range of Serra do Mar and down to the port city of  Paranaguá in the state of Paraná in southern Brazil.

We did the trip in 2007, but now it seems like the train stops at the historic city of Morretes, about two thirds on the way to Paranaguá. Highly recommended way to feel and smell the Atlantic Rainforest.

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Campos do Jordão – Brazil

At 1628 meters, Campos do Jordão, is the highest city in Brazil. The city is located in the east of the state of São Paulo on the border of the state of Minas Gerais. At this level you may experience some few degrees minus in the winter, although there is no snow to be seen even at the nearby mountains. Some of the wealthiest families in the state has a holiday residence in the city, and in the vacation times the city’s population more than quadruples.

The city has the nickname: “Brazilian Switzerland” due to strong architectural influences from the European alps area. We visited the city about ten years ago.

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Ridderspranget (Knight’s Leap), Norway

Legend has that a King’s Knight stole a gorgeous woman from another Knight in the area, and after setting the houses on fire, he escaped with the woman over the nearby gorge and the followers didn’t dare to jump it.

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Sunrise over Langsjøen

The morning a couple of days after the previous post HERE, we woke to a beautiful sunrise, and my wife raced out to take some shots before the moment was over. Its amazing to see how the nature has its own canvas to paint on.

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