Fri 18 Sep - Day 4: Larrasoaña to Pamplona 16 km
69km walked. 716km left to walk after today.
Day 4 saw me leaving the albergue as the 2nd last pilgrim at 7.30am.
The weather was a cool 6 degrees Celsius in the morning, no wind and clear blue skies.
Soon though, I encountered yet another image that was familiar from the movie "The Way".
Back to the real world... I stopped at this cute outdoors bar / coffee shop for a cup of tea after 6km.
A couple of pics from Villava and Burlada, two towns that are more or less suburbs to Pamplona. Cute though.
The bridge into Villava across Rio Ulzama.
At check in I found out that both Daina and Fiona were staying in the same room as me. I had a shower, got myself organized and then I was wandering out again to get my bearings.
As per recommendation from the lady in the hostel reception, I had a simple lunch of Bocatas Hueves de Rotos.
Or in English, small baguette breads where the inside has been taken away and replaced with scrambled eggs and something else.
The left added ingredient was with a local sausage and the right was mushroom.
The food was really nice and perfect as a simple lunch. 5€ all up. Bargain.
This was the place, Dom Lluis, also as per recommendation.
Did I say that I think that Pamplona is a really cool town? This is C/ San Nicolas.
This is from where the Bulls are released.
The Bulls are stampeding up here and then turning left...
...and they will be coming down this path to Plaza de Toros, ie the bullfighting ring where they are met with a gruesome end.
found the whole running of the Bulls thing fascinating including that the tradition continues to today.
I suppose it is a big drawcard to the town, gives it publicity and produces valuable tourist dollars.
I then bumped into 2 familar faces, Daina and Fiona. We decided to go to Bar Iruna on Plaza de Castillo for a refreshing drink and a pincho (as they spelt it on the menu).
Bar Iruna is where the author Ernest Hemingway used to hang out.
Plaza de Castillo is a central square where people go to eat and drink these days. A sort of Plaza Mayor.
We checked out the inside first...
And here we are...
...before settling on sitting outside on the plaza.
The lovely ladies are not Daina to the left and Fiona to the right.
The ladies then had plans for mass and Gregorian chants so I returned to base for some downtime.
Later, Fiona and I went out for drinks and then, as we thought but did not work out, dinner.
We had a couple of wines at a place called Rio as per the hostel reception lady's recommendation.
There was however a place selling crepes. Emergency fuel...
Here is the before photo:
And the after photo:
Serious rethinking required for tomorrow's eating...