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2 weeks trip


The Pyrenees countries: France & Spain (2 weeks)
 
Best time to visit: May - July, September - October
 
As you can see in the description of the last trip, travelling in Europe means running a lot of kilometres which is time and as well money consuming.
 
This is why we recommend focussing on a region (see chapter regions). One excellent trip from May to June and September to October is to explore the region of the Pyrenees and to combine the two countries France and Spain. If you are curious want to know further details, read the story about Steve and Sarah. 
 
Steve and Sarah have already been traveling a lot, as well around Europe. This time they wanted to design their 2-week holiday in a special way:  they wanted to focus on two countries in order to get a more thorough picture of the culture and the people. Their budget was leveled at 2000 USD (excluding drinks and meals, including long-distance flight).
 
They started their trip in late May which is just before the French summer holidays. They took a flight from Atlanta to Paris where they stayed for three days. As they wanted to enjoy a little bit of Parisian nightlife, they decided to stay in the Marais quarter. Downtown they visited Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, La Défense, Champs Elysées, les grands magasins, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, and they did a short boat trip on the Seine river. Steve and Sarah especially liked the French bakeries (Croissant, pain au chocolate…) and the French supermarkets with their excellent choice (e.g. Carrefour, Auchan…) comparable to the US. On the third day, they did a day trip to Versailles castle which was built during the reign of Louis XIV and which is one of the biggest and most impressive castles in France.
 
Afterwards they took the train to Toulouse the center of aviation in Europe where they stayed for one night. Afterwards they headed on to Carcassonne, one of Europe's largest city fortifications.
 
The next day, Steve and Sarah took the bus to Perpignan which is close the border with Spain.  They enjoyed very much the Mediterranean flair of the city and the Mediterranean food.
 
One day later they took the bus to the medieval city of Girona. From Girona they did a half day trip to Figueres, the city of the famous painter Dali. The next day, Steve and Sarah headed to Barcelone.
 
As Barcelone is directly located on the sea and as it disposes even of city beaches, Steve and Sarah decided to have a three day rest there. Nevertheless they visited Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batllo, Tibidabo, Montjuic, Rambla, Maremagnum, Parque Guell, Barceloneta, Puerto Olimpico, Barrio Gotico, Plaza Catalunya, MoMA and the museo Picasso. Their hotel was located close to the sea front but still downtown. This is how they could even enjoy Barcelone’s nightlife without regrets (as it starts very late). The Spanish way of “salir de tapas” (go out for small snacks together with beer / wine) especially attracted their attention during their stay. The desert “crema catalana” was their favourite dish.
 
Afterwards they took a six hour bus ride to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Again the hotel was located downtown as they wanted to fully benefit from the two days. They visited Prado, Fundación Thyssen-Bornemisza, Palacio Reyal, Gran Via, Las Ventas (bull fight) and did a day trip to Toledo. 
 
On their last day, they took the plane back to Paris in order to catch their long-distance flight back to Atlanta.
 

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