Our adventure on the CAMINO continues…(June 2015 )
Day 3. After a good night of sleep and a good breakfast, we walked in the city of Estella. Estella is twin sister of St-Jean-pied-de-Port since 1964. The city was very quiet in that early morning. At 8:20 it was already 23C. Nancy, our guide, has asked us to start the day a little earlier in order to beat the heat of the afternoon. We stopped at the San Miguel church known for its spectacular Romanesque carvings.
We walked on the “Calle Rua”, that is the street on the Camino in Estella.
After a short stop in a café, we took the bus to get to the famous wine and water fountain at the Irache Bodega winery. We tasted the wine and then got on with our morning walk (7 km) through vineyards, rolling forested hills and village garden plots.
Here I am with my Traveling Bee and Sam (son of our guides).
Walking, chatting or just enjoying the view. Taking photos of course, all the time.
We arrived in Logrono and from there we did a wine tasting at the Rioja Winery.
For the evening, we were free to explore the town and taste as many “pinchos” as possible. A pincho ( literally “thorn” or “spike”) is a small snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives; thus, they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country and Navarre they are usually regarded as a cornerstone of local culture and society. They are related to tapas , the main difference being that pinchos are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. They are served in individual portions and always ordered and paid for independently from the drinks. It is not impossible, however, to have the same item called “pincho” in one place and “tapa” in other. Each little restaurant serves something different.
Then , we needed to sleep fast and be ready for another day. Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoy my story on the CAMINO. Let me know what you think !!