Today was simply brilliant. Even with the sweltering 35 degree heat, I had as much fun today as any thus far. Julia and I started at 7 and made our way up the hill to Cirauqui. The view of the city from this approach is amazing. It’s a circular fortress situated at the top of the hill. Once we reached the summit, we ate chocolate croissants and drank coffee as a well deserved reward.
From here we made our way towards Estella. We stumbled upon an off course church that served as a hostel many years ago. Inside pilgrims leave notes to deceased loved ones.
I said goodbye to Julia in Estrella, as her mom will be meeting up with her later tonight to walk the rest of the Camino.
After we said our goodbyes I made my way to Monjardin and came across a wine fountain. There are water fountains all over Spain offering free potable water to weary pilgrims…but free wine!? This was too cool.
I finished in Monjardin, which is situated at a pretty high altitude in a beautiful basque hillside. It’s a very small town with only a handful of people and a few buildings. To be honest, I’m really starting to prefer such accommodations.