After two great days at our Surfing Paradise (Moliets-Et-May) We decided to head in to the Pyrenees Mountains . On the way we drove through Biarritz . It had a beautiful coastline but was busy. Bought a rotisserie chicken and found a place to park on the sea front.
We decided to get back on the road and headed for St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. This town is one of the start points for the Camino Pilgrims walk to Santiago-de-Compostela. It is a journey of 791km. A trip i have read about and would love to do. There is a great film called The Way about walking the Camino and it starts in this town.
We found a beautiful camp site within the towns Ancient Wall and a stones throw from the centre.
We crossed a bridge and walked into town
An amazing place .
The starting point in this town for the Camino.
The Basque Symbol is everywhere
This is the entrance to the pilgrims office where you sign up for the trip and get your pilgrims passport which needs to be stamped at churches and refuges along the way.
A map of the journey.
Had a very tasty Rustic Basque Meal and then home to bed.
Went for a run in the morning , stunning to run in this scenery
After a refreshing shower and some porridge we set off over the Mountain pass into Spain. I was unsure how Molly would cope with the hair pin bends and steep inclines and descents. I need not have worried she coped admirably.
Stopped at a lay by which was also a stop for the pilgrims walking the Camino. It seems if you are looking for a partner you put a piece of underwear in the box . It works like Magic !! .
We were looking for the border between France and Spain but saw nothing not even a sign. We came down the other side onto Spain and headed for Pamplona. We drove through the town but could not find anywhere to park so headed on along in the general direction of Santiago de Compostela. We soon started rising again and found an amazing view from the top.
Bruce found some interesting Plants.
I was getting tired after driving up 2 mountains and consulted search for sites .
As luck would have it there was a site on a lake about 15 minutes away. Turned out to be perfect.
Settled in and Helen cooked a great dish to end a perfect day. A sort of chilli with goats cheese.
2 mountain passes in one day WELL DONE MOLLY.