Ville d’AX les Thermes

I am gradually recovering after a long trip. Am browsing my photo archives. I have decided to periodically publish fruit-berry-vegetable photos from some of the places I visited recently.

Am starting today with the tourist village called Ville d’AX les Thermes, which is located in France, on the border with Spain, and which we visited on the way to Andorra. It is a mountain ski resort with lifts. At the same time it is a mineral water resort. They have a large pavilion there, where the entrance is for a fee and where you can have some procedures in style and under supervision. In several places of the village, there are also small pools with lukewarm and really warm water, where anyone can immerse their feet (recommended for up to 15 minutes) and which are completely free. Together with some tourists from our group, as well as with some residents and guests of the village, I did this, and received a boost of energy and health.

As for food, it is there everywhere (cafes, restaurants, shops). Healthy, and not so. Here are some pictures.




Departure

Today is my last day in Spain. Tonight, late in the evening, will fly back to Australia. Moscow saw me off with snow, suddenly it became very cold there. In Barcelona, it was warmer – 16 degrees. My Russian trip was successful – I managed to see my relatives, and of course, talk a lot to my mother. I managed to see some other things, although I didn’t have much time for that. It was great nevertheless. In Moscow, I caught a cold, and am still feeling the consequences. However, I perservered with my tour program in Spain. Visited the charming Cuenca, with views of the gorge and the ancient city itself, with hanging houses, narrow streets and an impressive cathedral. Yesterday I was in Valencia, one of the largest cities in the country. Also liked it. The combination of old and new, interesting architecture, parks … Today I will explore something not far from the charming Barcelona. Spain is beautiful and not expensive, and the Spaniards themselves are nice and friendly people. The food here is excellent. The variety of everything is incredible.

But soon I’ll be heading for Australia. The fifth continent is waiting for me.

I hope to visit Spain and Portugal again, not in the very distant future.

Interruption

I apologize for the interruption in communication. On the last day in Portugal, and then during my transit in Spain, I did not have access to the Internet: neither in trains, nor at train stations … It was like a conspiracy. I arrived in Moscow on Monday and was a bit unwell initially. But now I have access to the Internet- I bought a local SIM card.

I liked Portugal: Lisbon is a beautiful city, with signs of the former colonial grandeur. I also visited the charming Sintra, a city of palaces, and, by the way, Byron’s favorite place. I was in transit in Madrid and visited,  for a couple of hours, the Prado Museum: as usual, I was deeply moved by the  Spanish art: Goya, Velasquez, El Greco… In Moscow I communicate mostly with my mother – we were very happy to see each other after one year.

Forced break

I apologize for the interruption in communication. My hosting company had technical problems: for several days I could not use the site to update records and even my own sites disappeared.

Now I am in Seville, yesterday had a day trip to Cadiz, tomorrow again on the road: by train via Madrid to Lisbon.