Our retirement adventures

Andorra 2015

on January 29, 2015

Our third year here although this time with the after effects of Mel’s shoulder operation she needs more help in looking after Harry.

Easyjet flight to Gatwick full and on time, Premier Inn, eventually, found is still the best value for a good night’s kip at Gatwick South Terminal.

Why is it that I invariably bump into someone I know at airports, tonight it is the turn of Stuart Divall and his son who were on the same plane from IoM but we didn’t see each other until we meet in Costa at Premier Inn.

Next morning’s Easyjet flight to Barcelona on time and full with one very smelly woman with a child sufficiently far away not to bother us. Pick up car at “Firefly” desk at airport and whilst car gets us to Andorra, it is probably the worst hire car I have ever had. No comfort factor, rear windows that only open at an angle. It just looks like a Postman Pat car and what’s more it is not bright red but a maroon red and scratched all over.

Stop off at hyper market just over border for provisions and reach apartment complex about 5:30 just after Sarah, Ali, Harry and Sarah’s friend Tracey Ingle. Settle in and an early night with Harry taken out onto the slopes the following morning.

View from appartment

View from appartment

Harry didn’t like his first go, came back with Ali and was quite contented playing with his toys.  We had other plans though and took him back to the slopes where this time he loved it before tiredness set in and it was a trip back to the apartment for a two hour sleep followed by a snowball “fight” in the late afternoon.

Another day and now Harry likes skiing but was so overtired.

First skiing lesson of the year

First skiing lesson of the year

Can’t believe the big cafe at Grau Roig at just under 7000 ft is now closed. The hotel was, consequently, very crowded and the hot chocolate very thick and sickly – not too be recommended.

Having sorted PIN on pre paid € card, catch cable car up from El Tarter to the cafe at 6800 ft. Breathing here difficult for those with breathing difficulties but lovely atmosphere, could sit here for hours watching the world wizz past on skis or boards.

Obligatory shopping for Sal & Mel in Andorra La Vella at Mango & Desigual. Mel does have a good eye for a bargain and an hour long swim for Harry, Mel & Richard in the public swimming pool. The hot chocolate served here is much better and cheaper at only €2 a cup.

Harry and best friend, Auntie Mel

Harry and best friend, Auntie Mel sharing an Orange

We leave on Friday, one day earlier than normal as there are no Easyjet flights back to the Island on Saturday and we want to be back early to pack for our next adventure. We do arrive at Barcelona a bit early but we didn’t want to miss flight. Manage to get to airport despite Sat Nav doing a dalek impersonation probably due to the poor connection that our Postman Pat car provided.

Home about 30 minutes late after a journey that took about 13 hours and involved us in stopping in 4 countries. Oh the joy of international travel.


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