From Spain to France and all for the sake of Andorra
THERE - SEU DE URGELL, AND BACK - PERPIGNAN
By making TV. movie on small country Andorra, we arrived to the ski slopes of Grandvalira. It was the beginning of May but the ski runs at full speed. Your friendly hotels, fast and comfortable lifts and well-maintained trails have attracted a great many winter sports enthusiasts. However, we were able in this environment of snow and mountainous pleasures to keep only the evening because we had to journalistic process another important issue: who, and how, though only formally managed with this country - Andorra?
While we were before dinner and bedtime in Hotel "Refugi dels Isards" in Pas de la Casa, reminiscent of the necessary data on the subject, writes: Since 1278. when the feudal emperors, one on either side of the border, the French and the Spanish, signed the so-called „Pareaž '', the first constitutional document of Andorra, and latter decisions of Henry IV and Napoleon, or relevant decree by the Spanish, was established double sovereignty of Andorra. In this state, formally, to this day, rule the co-princes, the French resident in Perpignan while Spanish dwells in the Bishop's Palace in Urgell.
So early in the morning we set to closer destinations - La Seu d'Urgell. And after an exciting ride through the Pyrenees - arrive in the ancient city of Catalonia, Seu de Urgel. Center of Catholicism. Where enthroned bishop, whose spiritual parish
Is and Andorra. When you move from La Vella, pass through St Julia de Loria, the road that leads to Barcelona, about ten kilometers from the border, in Spain. Urgell was a pleasant city with the presence of elements of Arab culture, French charm that is still planted in the ninth century conqueror Charlemagne, the prevailing
Catalonian spiritual and architectural elements, but unexpectedly strong accents of Mediterranean exuberance.
Since we are in Pas de la Casa only drank tea, on arrival at Urgell go to breakfast at "Palacin Bar Restaurant." As the morning was already far ahead, we ordered something stronger breakfast. In this restaurant, it branch called the "Table of sausage," consisting of ham, Boars Head, sausage, pork loin, black sausage, white sausage and Catalada. Then, a short walk around the town. In the center, on a hill that rises like a saddle on the cheerful landscape, housed the famous ancient cathedral and historically famous ruins of the palace of King of Aragon. The city is otherwise possessed precious legacy of Catalan history, secular or religious. Among other things, there is the famous, new cathedral, with murals and rich interiors, the museum and within the building.
The Bishop's Palace is nearby. In Bishop's office to finish recording and take a statement from the bishop. While leaving Urgel, think about how such a volume of history, from the Roman period and Arabs mark, the many signs of the latter times, Urgel seems impossible. The right place for the co-ruler of a country are atypical as Andorra.
In return, again going through La Vella, although there is a shorter way. In La Vela was raining. All the green and into the mist. Again they encountered serpentine. This time in unfolding. Pas de Caza, and through France. Twenty kilometers before Perpignan - the sun. Mediterranean nearby. Perpignan city itself, a wonderful and Urgel. First statement is confusing. People speak French, Basque, Corsican and Breton. Intoxicating range of languages. Its hundred thousand people probably foreigners lead in state of linguistic alarm! Ingrown in the area between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, all In gradients, full of palm trees and plane trees, and a fountain with mountain water. Between the city and Spain, Again they encountered serpentine. Lasts some secret and long-lasting love, which is now, however, calmed in French arms.
Before dinner we go to the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. It is dark but I under artificial light castle looks very impressive. In one of the halls had just held a concert guitar. Although it is already dark, we see that the palace was built in the Gothic style, with many stone. They tell us that the stone was brought from many sides: doors, corridors, stairs, armatures and the main towers are all made of cut stone: ocher stone from Les Fonts, Baixas Blue, Sandstone, Red Marble from Villefranche-de-Conflent, White and Blue Marble from Ceret.
Just a dinner at the restaurant "Casa Sansa." In a lot of an unusual ambience of the arched ceiling, the walls covered with paintings and many models of different ships, we spent a pleasant evening. Prawns were juicy and served with a piquant sauce. Salmon, which we ate for the main course, was cooked very tasty. The dessert was fantastic Chocolate Cake / Cake with good vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. Wine - Catalan.
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