My feet were a little sore this morning and I had to wrap a blister that had formed, but other than that we were good to go after a good night's sleep in our private Albergie! We had enjoyed a wonderful evening, and met some interesting French, Dutch and American folk. I had learned some new words in Spanish and used some of my rusty French! We teamed up with a friend from Arizona called Jean who was walking on his own, and started our day in sunshine and cool, crisp, mountain air. On the way we encountered fragrant Lilac trees, cows and horses in pastures, and on the last stretch some road walking which was not too great for the blisters! I was envious that my buddy Nic had no foot problems, although her hips had given her a little problem the day before on the descent.
On entering Arre we stopped for a cafe con leche and rested our weary feet before making the last 7 kms into Pamplona. We had plans to stay at a German Albergie, but to our dismay it was fully booked, and after a detour we made our way up to the fortress where the old section of Pamplona beckoned the weary travelers. Finally at 4 pm we found the municipal Albergie where we could rest amidst what seemed to be hundreds of other pilgrims! Note to self "Do not stay in such large municipal Albergies!" Twenty six kilometers of walking had us extremely hungry. We settled for a walk around the beautiful town resplendent with neo-classical architecture, and then a Cerveza and pilgrim menu to restore some sanity!
|Lovely paved roads winding down into the city!|
|Only 13 more Kms to the outskirts of Pamplona or Arre!|
|Beautiful homes along the way!|
|Still chilly but sunny! A most perfect day to walk!|
|Pit stop for Pizza or Tapanade!|
|Pilgrim Jean from Arizona.|
|Rolling green hills everywhere!|
|Outskirts of Pamplona entering Arre.|
|Praying for a cafe con leche!|
|The Palacio Uranga in Burlada, possibly with some design influence by the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.|
|Town hall and plaza!|