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Day 3 Larrasoana to Pamploma 15 km

Most people up and stirring in the dark by the light of their torches by 6 am so thought I may as well get up too and left by 6.45am. Beautiful walk this morning along wooded paths, by crystal clear streams , over ancient old stone bridges, fields of wheat and rolling hills ( nothing too hard today). Picked some blackberries growing wild by the path to eat.

Walked a bit with a girl from Hungary and a Scottish girl joined Anne and I. Had the best breakfast stop in this cute little village called Irotz. Had an open wood fired oven and great food. I had tortilla - potato and egg and fresh bread. Also tried chorizo on bread and soo good! Met up again with Michael and Melanie from Singapore who we sat with at dinner last night.

Walked past an old monastery and great old stone churches. Signage was pretty good today and we only got confused once.

Feet were really suffering today so it was a short day finishing in Pamploma by 11.30 am.Amazing approach into this beautiful old town in Basque country. In many spots painted on the footpath was "pilgrim you are in Basque country and we love basque"...apparently they would like to be their own country. Camino signs coming into the city were great and easy to follow with signs on footpaths as well as the side of buildings.

Crossed over the river over an old 12 th century bridge and confronted with the highest most amazing city walls. We followed the walls around and entered in the old France gate and soon found our municipal albergue right near the cathedral.

It is a town of 200,000 and has several large plazas with restaurants around the sides . Sat and ate a gelati in the sun as it is really cold in the shade and in the wind.

Our hostel is an old 17th century Jesuit church building that sleeps 114 with beds around the walls of the church nave. It didn't open until midday so we sat on the steps waiting for the doors to open to offload our packs. Only cost 7 E and so well set out with individual power points , shelf and hooks. Has a free washing machine so after walking in the same clothes for 3 days decided it was time to wash them. I also have a number of bites over me which itch at night so think they are bed bugs.Washed everything I have including sleeping bag and towel and also put them through the drier to kill any bugs or eggs.

Went out for tapas for lunch with 4 others ( Anne, Donna, Warren & Lisette). There are cool tapas bars everywhere. Tried 3 different tapas for 2.5 E each. Wandered around town for about 3 hours. As it is Sunday most things are closed except food and drink places. Cool small bars where people stand around big kegs outside.

Walked up the street to the citadelle where they have the running of the bulls each July. Lots of beautiful old churches. Found a pilgrim shop and bought some different socks to try out to see if it helps the blister situation and a small bag to keep my phone and camera in for easy access. Had my first paella for dinner in the plaza which was very yummy with a piece of each meat and seafood in it

Cool cafe for breakfast

Cool cafe for breakfast


Old Bridge

Old Bridge


The heavens were open

The heavens were open


Blue skies and berries

Blue skies and berries


Church In Pamploma

Church In Pamploma


Morning skies

Morning skies


Moon still out

Moon still out


From all different countries

From all different countries


Anne from Ireland at breakfast cafe

Anne from Ireland at breakfast cafe


Village

Village


Anne & scottish girl

Anne & scottish girl


Beautiful clouds

Beautiful clouds


Old convents

Old convents


Berries

Berries


Old bridge

Old bridge


Chorizo in the market

Chorizo in the market


Writing on the footpath

Writing on the footpath


Pamploma city walls

Pamploma city walls


City gates

City gates


Waiting for albergue doors to open

Waiting for albergue doors to open


Tapas

Tapas


Tapas Bar- Warren, Lisette & Anne

Tapas Bar- Warren, Lisette & Anne


Warren, Lisette, Donna & me

Warren, Lisette, Donna & me


City Hall

City Hall


Kegs outside a bar

Kegs outside a bar


Cafe

Cafe

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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