Andorra, March 9-18, 2003
Includes side trips to Spain and France
(scroll down to see photos)
Skiing, sightseeing, shopping and palm trees
The trip to Europe exceeded the
expectations of most, if not all of the 26 savvy travelers who demanded fun.
So fun they got! Even non-skiers!
In spite of the record breaking heat wave, there was still lots of snow at the major ski resorts in Andorra. The snow got a little soft in the afternoon. But the skiing was still good. Nobody got cold, and everyone got a suntan. Having a chartered bus in Europe facilitated the group's access to ski resorts, museums, and duty free shopping centers.
A few trip highlights are listed below. (No one did all of these things)
· Mt. Blanc and the Matterhorn from the air.
violet-blue sky above the white mountains at Pas de la Casa ski resort,
off-piste skiing at Arcalis ski resort (rhymes with Hercules).
The extreme skiing stopped when one of the skier’s poles ‘fell’
into a hidden crevasse.
museums and churches in the beautiful Ordino Valley.
the dogs (sledding, that is) at La Rabassa, Andorra.
of quiet reflection in Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary appeared to
a peasant girl in 1857. Drinking
holy water that some believe will cure anything (including ski injuries).
We had no
injuries (must have been that holy water).
medieval city of Carcassonne, France, built to keep the Moorish invaders
out of Europe.
· Combining work and pleasure. Ski club members connected to their office via the internet in the comfort of their hotel room, or the hotel lobby. (They drank wine instead of coffee).
massages by male masseuse. Clothes
were not allowed. The gals wondered
who should tip whom.
the chief. (One night champagne was
free, but water was an extra charge, duh?).
· The midnight ‘go-cart’ race, on ice, at the indoor ice-hockey rink next to the hotel.
· Our heavy bags full of duty free loot purchased in Andorra (everything was duty/tax free).
· The custom official at the border who stopped us, when a bag of duty-free loot fell off the bus.
· Flamenco dancing in Spain.
· Paella and wine at outdoor cafes and tapas bars.
· Palm trees! (Don’t see many of them on a ski trip).
· Barcelona tour and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
on the hotel roof overlooking Barcelona.
midnight dash to the port to “dip toes” in the ocean.
O’dark 30 bus ride to the Barcelona airport. (Nearly
everyone made it.)
between Greenland and Labrador from the air.
Trip participants were: Bruce and Shirley Prillaman, Arlene and Joe Christenbury, Ron and Barbara Nemura, Bill and Beverly Bishop, Roger and Karen Scott, Susan Prillaman, Wayne Likens, Kazuko Yoneyama, Samia Ward, Cheryl Gillespie, Debra Vascik, Karen Saunders, Richard Myers, Hal Cansler, Bill Otey, Ron Howlett, Betsy Settles, Pamela Clark, Linda Staley, Roger Pommerenke (trip leader) and Mandy Pommerenke (trip leader caretaker)
|Dulles Airport: Linda, Arlene, Pamela||Dulles Airport: Joe and Arlene||Barcelona Airport (note palm trees)|
|Rest stop between Barcelona and Andorra||Ordino, Andorra: Small church||Pas de la Casa|
|Grau Rouge: Rick, Karen S.,Wayne, Mandy, Susan, Roger and Karen Scott||Apres ski: Beverly, Sherry, Debra, Hal||Arcalis, Andorra: Roger, Rick, Karen, Susan, Wayne, Ron, and bus driver|
|Susan and Mandy||Lourdes, France||Lourdes, France|
|Apres ski: Karen, Rick, Samia, Kazuko, Mandy||El Tarter gondola: Roger, Debra, Sherry||Dinner: Sherry, Debra, Bill, Beverly|
|Barcelona metro: Bruce, Susan, Wayne||Roger and fish skeleton||Sagrada Familia cathedral|