Thursday, July 10, 2014

Walking The Camino, Part 3: The Descent From Roncesvalles

The second leg of our journey begins at the town of Roncesvalles, Spain, a tiny town with a population of less than 30 people. The town consists of a partially abandoned monastery surrounded by various small establishments that exist mostly to provide services to pilgrims, which has historically been the town's chief purpose.

From there, we head through Burguete, a village where Ernest Hemingway spent time in 1924, and home of yet more fantastic church architecture.

At this point, the path morphs into dirt roads and cobblestone pathways; both a blessing and a curse, as they can prove treacherous on wet or icy days.

Next, after another six km of walking, we'll come to the town of Espinal, home of the church of St. Bartholomew. From there, we undertake the steep descent into the valley of the river Arre, taking us to our destination for the day: the town of Zubiri.


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