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”

Tower of Hercules, Spain

Torre de Hércules is an ancient Roman lighthouse just outside the city of La Coruña in the north west tip of Spain. The lighthouse is overlooking a part of the Death Coast (Costa da Morte). The structure dates back to the 2nd century and is the oldest roman lighthouse still in use.

The lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe is an islet on the north coast of Spain where there is a hermitage (religious retreat) in dedication of John the Baptist. The islet is connected to the mainland with a man made walk way and stairs up to the church that dates back to the 10th century.

In the 7th season of Game of Throne the islet was used as Dragonstone with a digitally made castle on top instead of the church.

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Church of São Francisco, Porto – Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is located in the historic center of Porto and was built in gothic style about 600 years ago. in the first half of the 18th century the interior was decorated into a more baroque style.

The church is located not far from the river Douro and its a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lomen Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Lomen stave church dates back to second half of the 12th century, and was rebuilt and enlarged in 1749. The church does not have electric light or heating, so it’s only open and used during the summer for services and weddings.

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Porto (and Gaia), Portugal

We visited Porto now in April, and the city is very beautiful. Even though it was a lot of people, it felt quite relaxed. Some of the photos are of and from Gaia, the twin city on the other side of the river Douro connected with several bridges.

Both cities has a lot of elevation changes, so be ready for some work out when walking through the streets of these Portuguese cities.

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Seville Cathedral, Spain

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, is the third largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church. (See photos of the second largest church HERE).

We visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the winter of 2017.

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Vemork, Rjukan – Norway

Vemork hydroelectric power plant in Rjukan, built by Norsk Hydro was completed in 1911, and was the largest plant in the world. The power plant was built to power a fertilizer factory built at the same time. Later a hydrogen factory was built next to it, and in the basement they produced heavy water as a bi-product from the hydrogen production. The hydrogen factory has later been demolished, while the basement is trying to be rescued and turned into a museum.

During WW II, while Norway was occupied by Germany, there was several sabotage attempts at the plant to inhibit the German to use heavy water in development of nuclear weapons. There has been made several movies of the sabotage operations.

The whole plant it now shut down and house the Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum (Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum), and the new Vemork hydroelectric power plant is relocated into the mountain.

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