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Camino – Conquering the Pyrenees (Day 3)

Date: Thu 9th May

An early start, but not by choice! The keen and seasoned gentleman (this is his 3rd Camino) turned the lights on to our dorm around 6:30am. We were greeted by a spectacular sunrise on the side of the mountain.

Breakfast was at 7 and by 8, we were the only remaining pilgrims left at Orisson. Nobody told us it was a race! Knowing we had pre booked a Hotel for the evening gave us piece of mind that we would get a bed for the evening.

Whilst it was a decent climb, we paced ourselves and were pleasantly surprised to arrive at the summit of our walk before lunch.

We chose to take the more dangerous decent into Ronchesvalles as we were told this was the most picturesque. (We weren’t disappointed)

As you will see by the number of photo’s, the scenery was magnificent!

Temperature wise, it was comfortable and fresh, but the rain set in about an hour out from arrival, ensuring we were completely soaked when we arrived at Ronchesvalles at around 1:30pm.

Accommodation is wonderful and we shared in the Pilgrims meal before attending mass for the Pilgrims blessing.

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Camino – Lush Beginnings (Day 2)

Date: Wed 8th May

Awoke after a perfect sleep in a wonderfully comfortable bed, excited and ready to take our first steps on our Camino. After a delicious breakfast shared with the house guests of baguettes with a myriad of homemade jams, fresh apple juice, coffee, hazelnuts, local yoghurt and oranges, we were ready to set off.
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After one last visit to the delightful village to purchase some apples and lunch we began our journey. With gentle rain falling we headed up out of the village of St Jean with high spirits. The scenery was of breathtaking lush green steep rolling hills.
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Just as we found our rhythm 9km into our journey our accommodation for the evening appeared and we hadn’t even cracked a sweat!
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At 3:00pm we checked in and chose our bunks. As is typical on the Camino (apparently) all the lower bunks were already taken. (Something to do with being too tired to climb a ladder!) People were having naps after the big climb. We looked at each other bewildered as we could have kept going all the way to the top! (Well maybe at least another 5 or so kms.) After organising our beds for the evening we ventured down for a coffee and found the place enveloped in verythick fog! The decision to only go a short way, a good one.
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