These nice apartment blocks look similar to the one in Monaco. The streets twist around in sharp bends on the steep hills, so the top floor can be level with the street at the back. I like big balconies, as I once lived in a place like this where I could host some parties.
This is a catholic country, and this Catholic church looks quite different from others I have seen looking quite plain apart from the cartoon Jesus on the front. Monaco, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Andorra are also almost all Catholic.
There are a lot of shops selling firearms. This place in Serraville sells stuff for airsoft, but San Marino also has regular guns, archery, knives, paintball and even a blow dart. Think our American friends would find this interesting.
I can’t think of where you can practice shooting, with the exception there is a place to do crossbow at the top of old city.
This isn’t anywhere near automobile obsessed as Monaco. But there are a few car showrooms with prestige vehicles on offer. supercar.sm was one of them I went past, a fairly small building compared to car dealerships I’ve seen in Britain.
There are a few empty houses that look to be a project for someone, so there is room for new people to move here.
I took a 45 minute break in this coffee shop. Got chatting to the workers there, which they are from Italy. I didn’t get to find out what proportion of people in SM actually live in regular part of Italy. This could be interesting seeing as Liechtenstein actually has negative unemployment as people commute into the country.
This is actually Buchs. This is a medium-sized town in Switzerland. I got the train from Grusch the town I was staying to get into Liechtenstein. There is also a railway into Liechtenstein that goes from a different line from Switzerland or Austria. It’s on a few kilometres away, so I walked in.
I was excited about doing my final (for now) little European country, as it was my goal to visit as many of these (in fact I’ve been to Liechtenstein, Andorra and Luxembourg) before Brexit happens, as I wanted to compare all of the non-EU countries to the EU nations.
This is the border. There are flags of the two countries on this bridge over the river. It wasn’t very windy, and the flags not really visible on the other photo I had. This one you can see this brass plaque as well.
The other side of the bridge and past the post office depot is the very pleasant town of Schaan, which is the second largest town here. Vaduz being the capital.
This country very closely resembles Switzerland from terrain and cultural perspective. If you get the bus, there’s a place to put your skis.
Andorra has a fair few but not a huge amount of prestige cars, unlike Monaco. Cars have these small US style licence plates and an usually and oval sticker with the letters ‘AND’.
There are in fact, a lot of motorbikes, and the capital Andorra La Ville has dealerships and repair shops.
This country is only 40kms to drive through taking about 45 minutes.
This Opal dealership has an extra floor underneath with roof racks and other accessories for skis, bikes and sports equipment to carry on your car.
The old first generation Fiat Panda with its unergonomic boxy looks has disappeared from most European cities, but here seems popular and used as a vehicle for government use here. Some of these were supplied as an ultra simple 4×4 run around.
I’ve seen one of these before, but I can’t remember what it is called, its an off road buggy with very high suspension travel to go up steeper hills than most SUVs can go.
I like the fact that many apartments and hotels here have their own Batcave style underground car park also.
Meanwhile the long winding roads around the mountains in Andorra, look like they would be a lot of fun for a race or a motorsport event.