Sat 19 Sep - Day 5: Exploring Pamplona
I did not get any closer to Santiago de Compostela today but I still did some walking. A rough guess would be around 10km of flaneuring in Pamplona.
Did I mention that Pamplona is a very cool town? Well, I mention it again then.
Daina and Fiona continued their Camino and I went out exploring the old centre of Pamplona.
Our communal bedroom is almost empty as i leave, my bed and gear to the right.
One booklet had a suggested 5.5km stroll they called "Pamplona, fortified city".
So around 8.30am I followed the stroll backwards as the end, the Ciudadela, the Citadel, is across the street and a just a little bit further. It is number 11 on the map below, ie I did finish at number 1.
Apart from the wide open expanses, the old military buildings now house artists and art exhibitions. A few pics from the ground...
The path diverted away from the perimeter where the Museo de Navarra is. I followed it and then stumbled onto Mercado Publico. Pamplona's Public Market. Gotta check that out.
I then took a reflective break outside the market, with the view to check out Museo de Navarra when it opened at 11am.
A bunch of students(?) were setting up some figurines.
Museo de Navarra is housed in an old fully renovated hospital building adjacent to the church.
For a peregrino, the entrance fee was 0€ including IVA tax.
I was a bit disappointed with what was on offer at Museo de Navarra. There wasn't much about the Navarra region itself, more general Spanish. The paintings were generally not of a very high quality.
However, there were a few interesting pieces of art. I liked this painting, and a few others, by Javier Ciga Ecandi.
The murals all looked like they had been moved to the museum and retrofitted there.
The best part though was the Roman section. There is even what looks like a wheel in the exhibition below.
So again, what have the Romans ever done for us? (With apologies to Monty Python)
I spent an hour at the 4 storey Museo de Navarra before I continued my "fortified" walk.
Autumn is coming to this region...
Notre Dame in Montreal, Canada took cathedrals to a new level. The new standard.
By now the time was 1.30pm and "menú del día" was on the menu (excuse the poor pun). Restaurante La Chistera on San Nicolás was the one I chose.
I was the first lunch punter there...
I choose Seafood Paella for entre / primero, Grilled Salmon with fries for main / segundo and Tiramisu for dessert. The food was good, but I wouldn't call it great.
Still, that would be my main meal for today after learning from yesterday's failed late food excursion.
The paella seemed popular with other punters from what I could see so that's a good sign.
I then went back to the hostel for a shower, a bit of washing, blogging, pilgrim chatting and relaxation.
After 5pm, as the super mercado reopened after siesta, I did a restock of supplies. Tomorrow is Sunday and EVERYTHING has to be assumed to be closed. A couple of beers, a nice bread and some olive mortadella became my dinner.
Saturday evening and Pamplona was humming as I checked it out.
Something that vaguely looked like bootscooting was happening around the corner.
A few pics:
Then suddenly this:
Apologies for the excessive number of pictures. I covered a lot of photogenic nature today. Tomorrow it will be back on the trail and likely a lot less pictures.