The loud bells of the nearby church kept ringing every hour right through the night but I only remember 2am and 5 am!
The local bar only opens at 10am so I ate my muesli bar and bruised apple I’d been carrying around for weeks and headed off. The next town was only an hour or so walk away and had a bar.
After about 30 minutes, I passed the beautiful monastery where I had hoped to stay last night.
As a trombonist, I’d say these angels are playing trombone, or maybe its ancestor, the slide trumpet.
One of the monastery cats posed for me ,’Cat and Rose’.
I foraged some black berries and figs along the way as I was quite hungry. This is what my Fitbit reported about yesterday.
I ran into Rosemary and Heidi again at a point where several hundred metres of wooden stairs have been built over a notoriously difficult descent.
At the next town, I got a coffee but they only had little rolls sealed in plastic but I was planning to stop for lunch I Guernica.
The rolling countryside today was very attractive.
Even the horses have bells around here.
The gardens are very pretty with lots of flowers and the houses are impressively large.
A few kilometers before Guernica I came across a tavern, it was 1pm, I was hungry and they had a pilgrim’s menu!
Guernica is the town that was heavily bombed in 1937 during the Civil War with heavy civilian casualties. The town was almost completely destroyed.
A mural copy of Picasso’s famous tribute painting has been installed in the town.
This is the trunk of the old Basque assembly oak tree planted in the 18th century. A new one has replaced it.
Guernica is a usual stopping point along this Camino, but as I’m planning to walk to Bilbao tomorrow I kept going for another hour or so to a rural albergue. I needed to bring my own dinner but I passed through Guernice at siesta time . Luckily I found an Arabic grocery store open.
The albergue is run by Arrate who started it this year. She also has 70 donkeys as well as a Zebra!
Here she is with Viktoria from Slovakia.
I cooked up my pasta and combined it with Alain and Catherine’s bread and sardines as second course.
Tomorrow is a relatively easy 21km walk to the city of Bilbao.