On to the north: Pamplona and Basque country

24 Jul

We are all very enamored by Pamplona, where we arrived late Monday afternoon. First off, it’s so much cooler — and more breezy — than Madrid. There is something new around every corner — very charming and quaint.

Caitlin is proving to be the primo navigator, shepherding us from the train station to our hotel near the city centre. Of course, a kind young Spanish woman also helped us figured out where to get off the bus. I told Caitlin she needs to wear a scarf and hat because she is the best Boy Scout leader ever!

After touring the Plaza de Toros, the bull fighting arena, we walked up the famous Avenida Estafeta, where the bulls are run during the San Fermin Festival. Then we toured the Catedral of Santa Maria la Real, a massive 14th Century Gothic church.

Then it was Tapas Time — or pintxos, as they are known in Basque Country. We sampled the fare at two bars on the Avenida Estafeta — and both were excellent!

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