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Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Orisson, France

Today we had breakfast at Gite Makila, then walked to Orisson. 


Leaving in the early morning, I was again struck by the beauty of this village. 


The girls in my group are in much better shape than I am. They were down the hill and ready to go way ahead of me!



and they smoked me on the road!  

At the crossroads, Linda and I took the road. I had a much more difficult time walking this year than ever before, having not had time for any training (and the spare tire around my middle!)



I arrived at Orisson some time after them. We had hours to spare before the taxi arrived and spent the morning no and early afternoon eating soup and drinking beers!



At 2 pm the taxi FINALLY arrived - and we shuttled down the mountain. 2.5 hours up and 8 minutes down!
We had an hour to wait for our Gite to open. 



Tomorrow we will shuttle up to Orisson and continue our walk to Roncesvalles. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tomorrow We Walk!

Tomorrow we walk the 8 kilometers from Hell straight up the mountain to Orisson. Tonight we celebrated in the gorgeous garden of our Gite then hit the beds early. We rise at 6:30 am. Breakfast is at 7 am and we must vacate the Gite by 8:30. The weather is looking good!  It should be a glorious day!














Bishop’s Prison











Being Bad Gurls at Gite Makila









St John Pied de Port

Just arrived and time for lunch!
Jenny had to decide between a neck job and this trip so she is holding up the turkey neck behind her head. :::laughing::::




The salads were wonderful!  I had a salad with honey glazed goat cheese.  YUM!


After lunch we went to the Pilgrim Office to pick up our shells and register. Here are Jenny, Karen, and Linda. 




(Backup) Pamplona Cathedral and Museum

Worth seeing. 3 Euros for pilgrims with credentials. 
You must ASK to see the bellringer’s house. They will unlock it for you. Take time to watch the sitdown movie. Even though it is in Spanish you will get to see how the bellringers rang those big bells on old video. Pretty cool. Also, take time to ‘play’ the bells on the computer screen filled with ropes. 


















Thursday, May 17, 2018

My 2 Euro Lunch

Potatoes in garlic mayo and cherry tomatoes at 1 Euro each provided a yummy, inexpensive lunch. 




Church of San Lorenzo

For those who are interested, there is a mass every morning at 8:30 at the church of San Lorenzo. Is the church is on the corner right at the edge of the old town Pamplona, and on the Camino as you are leaving and crossing the street to the park.  

It’s a beautiful little church and worth exploring for the art if you are not religious.  Even if you are not Catholic, the mass is worth attending to put you in a spiritual mood for your walk. 

Here are some photos I took this morning.






















Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hotel Eslava Breakfast

I won’t always post so often when I’m in the trail, but here in Pamplona I have good WiFi (pronounced wee-fee in Spain) so I will share as much as possible. 

Here are some photos of the buffet breakfast you can expect at Hotel Eslava and which is included in our reservations. 


Make your own toast. 


Three bread option no. The local bread is baked fresh each day and has no preservatives. I cannot eat bread in the USA but I can eat it here. 

Croissants and chocolate filled pastries. 


A variety of meats and cheese and jam. In the back row is Cola Cao (for chocolate milk), and more pastries. 


Two types of fruit juice. 


Fresh fruit. Cheese for spreading. Round packets of meat and tomato spread. 


Two cereal choices. 



This is a cured ham spread. I like it very much on toast   










View from my window.