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9 of the most beautiful places in the spring

By: Shea Gunther on April 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m.
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The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees Mountains sit high on the border between France and Spain and are a scenic wonderland of towering mountain cirques, tranquil alpine lakes, and iconic views. In the spring, the Pyrenees explode with life as bears shake off winter’s slumber, predatory birds take to the sky, and hundreds of different kinds of flowers bloom. To take in the splendor of the Pyrenees you can choose to approach from either France or Spain, or take another route entirely and visit the tiny country of Andorra, which is a little more than twice the size of Washington, D.C., and is surrounded by the mountains.