St Augustin

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
Who lives sees much, who travels sees more.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bienvenue et Au Revoir en France - Travel Itinerary Day Two - Seoul, Paris, Madrid - yes, all in one day! Crazeeeeeeee!

After a day in Seoul, we head off to Paris, another 10 hours in the air eating delicious Korean food and getting spoiled by the lovely crew. We arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in the early evening, then after fiddling around for a couple of hours, admiring the new imporved CDG airport facilites and shops, we grab our flight to Madrid. We should have found our way into mid-city Madrid by midnight, just in time for dinner! Hm, bring on the tapas!

New improved CDG airport terminal

Plaza de Espana, Madrid

San Isidro, Madrid

Bring on the tapas!

After 24-ish hours in the air (with one good sleep) we'll be a bit vague. We've done this ridiculous flight hop-around before, arriving in Dublin Ireland and asking someone what country we were in, mwhhhhhhaaaa!

Have you been to Madrid? Any advice on where to go, what to see in a couple of days before we head to San Sebastian?

Monday, May 16, 2011

ITINERARY - L'Aussie's next travel adventure. First stop, Seoul, Korea

As some of you know, I'm heading off for a month of travelling on 16 June to 18 July. I'm blogging about places I'm researching and visiting.

DAY ONE - BRISBANE - SEOUL, Korea (9 hours flight.)

Well this is the Seoul we are going to see. Have been here twice before for stopovers. Only there one day this time so no venturing out into the peaceful countryside where we might have seen something like this:

Ryongwang Pavilion Lake Seoul


Next stop, Paris!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Andorra - a mini-country in the Pyrenees

Map showing Andorra

Pal Ski Area, Andorra

Introducing Andorra

People may tell you Andorra’s nothing but skiing and shopping. They might add that Andorra la Vella, its capital and only town, is a fuming traffic jam bordered by palaces of consumerism. (Fact: Andorra has over 2000 shops – more than one for every 40 inhabitants). They’re right to a point, but also way off course. Shake yourself from Andorra la Vella’s tawdry embrace, take one of only three secondary roads in the state and discover some of the most dramatic scenery in all of the Pyrenees.

This minicountry wedged between France and Spain offers by far the best skiing in the Pyrenees, like in Canillo & Soldeu or Arinsal & Pal. In the last five years, its resorts have invested over €50 million in mountain caf├ęs and restaurants, chairlifts and gondolas, car parks and snow-making machines. And once the snows have melted, summer activities are to be had in Ordino & around. There’s great walking in abundance, ranging from easy strolls to demanding day hikes in the higher, more remote reaches of the principality.

Getting there & away

Unless you trek across the mountains the only way to reach Andorra is by road from neighbouring Spain or France. If you’re driving, top up your tank when you get there; fuel in Andorra is about 20% cheaper than in Spain and a good 30% cheaper than in France.


Anorra la Vella