|We wish we could have gone to every place on every postcard on this leg of our trip!|
|Every street in the perfectly preserved village looked like this!|
Back in February, 2015 the New York Times ran a rather lengthy piece about our travels. The writer, Steven Kurutz did a great job of capturing our story. We had no idea of what would happen as a result of the coverage, but as it turns out, thousands of people visited our blog and we heard from hundreds of readers from all over the world who told us repeatedly they were inspired by our story.
One of them was Louise, an Airbnb host who lives in Geneva but has a gite in Pezenas that she has transformed from a 17th Century communal bakery with rooms above it to a luxurious home that includes two rental apartments. The interior was a perfect blend of ancient and modern styles, and the original wood fired ovens are still intact in the basement. Here is what she said in her email:
I wanted to get in touch with you to say how much I enjoyed the article and how, in return for the joy you seem to be bringing to so many, I would love to offer both of you a week at my Airbnb gite in Pezenas in the Languedoc-Roussilon, "on the house".
|The sunny roof deck. Be sure and go to the link to see this fabulous house.|
|Another day, another fabulous French market.|
|Debbie in the dream kitchen. We ate well this week.|
|The oopy goopy, but very delicious banana bread. All the crusty edges were the best!|
|Here are the dishes I was left with. Luckily, it was worth it.|
|Our generous host Louise in the middle with Kama and Debbie.|
|On the road again! Thank you Louise for this great photo - we love it.|
|The river that cuts through the center of Girona flanked by colorful houses.|
|Girona is a beautiful city - and home to many Tour de France riders during the off season.|
|Hello from your Senior Nomads!|
|With our hosts on the deck. They were really great people to spend time with.|
|The view from our apartment looking towards the mountains and our next destination, Andorra.|
|Every host's style is different, Narcis & Teresa had a place for every thing and everything in it's place.|
|ANDOOOOORA! This is the reason we wanted to come here - to salute the little country that could.|
So, when we decided to go to the south of France I suggested to Debbie we make a detour to Andorra and I was happy when she said it sounded good to her. Before we went, we checked and found out that Rick Steves (the European travel guru from Seattle) had a video online about the five Micro-Countries in Europe: Vatican City, Monaco, Andorra, Lichtenstein and San Marino.
|The Micro-Countries. We've now been to three out of five.|
The bus ride from Barcelona to Andorra de Vella (that's the name of the capital city) was a short three hour trip on a comfortable bus. It was a beautiful day and the views were stunning, especially as we got closer and closer to Andorra and into the mountains.
|The view from high above Andorra de Vella as we drove along the twisting roads.|
|Our fabulous hosts and new friends Monique and Henri.|
Thanks for following along,
On behalf of the Senior Nomads