Date: Sat 11th May
Breakfast was provided by our friendly Spanish host, but all servings were carefully measured including the juice in the jug that just managed to fill 2 glasses! We got the message that we needed to be gone by 8am so she could do the cleaning up.
We left in fresh but sunny conditions and passed a Magnesium factory as we walked out of town. We are now starting to pass through small towns and hamlets which break up the journey and add extra interest.
Just before lunch we came across a very popular Cafe doing great business servicing Pilgrims in a small hamlet and we took no hesitation in stopping for an early lunch. Pizza straight out of the wood fired oven. Yum!
More Aussies from Melbourne. Late 60’s and putting the young ones to shame, including us!
The last 5km of the days walk was walking from the outskirts of Pamplona into the old town. Whilst we had consulted one of 3 our guide books, we got lost trying to follow the directions and we also had no idea on where we should stay the night. In the end a nice Spanish couple out for an afternoon walk happily escorted us for a good few km to a small Albergue on the edge of the old town.
The Paderborn Albergue was hosted by a German couple that volunteered their services for 3 weeks every year for the last 7 years. As we had no real options, we decided to stay put and pay the outrageous price of 17€ for the 2 of us, which incidentally included breakfast!
The luxury suite. Only 4 beds to a room!
No time for the wicked! Straight out to explore Pamplona. We really enjoyed this town as we stuck mainly to the old part including a visit to the Cathedral of Pamplona!
The Plaza was stunning, especially when both the people and sun came out late afternoon (7pm!)