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Friday, September 9, 2011

6 Sept. Pamplona to Puente la Reina

We walked around the Citadelle before leaving Pamplona through the park. We stopped at Cizur Menor for a drink then started the steady climb up to the Alto del Perdon. It was a beautiful, clear day - no wind and very little smog so the views were incredible both back towards Pamplona and Puente la Reina. The temperature has been in the high 20s every day and many people have sunburn.
We stopped at the private albergue in Cizur Menor for cold drinks and a bocadillo. It is like an oasis in the town and such a wonderful place to stop.
Bell, Alan, Brian and I did the detour to Eunate and although the guide book says that the church is open every day but Monday it wasn't open. We ended up walking 27km today and it was great to arrive at the Hostal Jakue. We all stayed in double rooms and private bathrooms. The buffet was delicious.

The scenery is very different from walking in the spring when the wild flowers were spectacular and everything was green.  Now the wheat and cereals have been harvested and the flowers have all gone.


Annie said...

I was so happy to read that some of you took the Eunate detour. Even when it's closed, it's worth seeing and such a beautiful walk. Were there sunflowers in the fields?

Anonymous said...

Recall my detour to Eunate - and luckily it was open, and the man with the keys was around to give me a short guided tour. It was very special .. but the walk to the church is also lovely, and quiter than the main route into town. Also pleased you walked the extra distance! Are the cherry's finished now? there were trees laden with cherries in June.