From Northern Spain's Hiking Trails to Biarritz
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
131Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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Overnight the weather turned very cold with strong windy conditions and sun (although brief). As much as we wanted to stay longer in the Rioja region, the thought of our long drive back home to Gite Couleau motivated us to get back into the car and set off on other discoveries along the way. We set our course for a stop to Pamplona again by accident taking the smaller roads (still figuring out the GPS system!!). The accident in direction actually worked out well as we ended up driving along the route made famous by the Santiago Way pilgrims (Del Camino de Santiago). When I first heard about these trails it was from one of our dear friends back home who has always wanted to do this hike. At the time I thought walking throughout Spain – what a concept! However I am humbled by these initial impressions to understand the lure of wanting to walk these trails. They are indeed spectacular!! Jeff and I stopped repeatedly as we drove to enjoy the scenery that presented itself within this area
We continued onward towards Pamplona. Pamplona is a big city, not very pretty and I was happy that we didn't stay long in the city. We found the area where the Running of the Bulls takes place – the older part of the city. This area is nice with narrow streets and medieval type buildings. I am a bit biased in my view of Pamplona though as I just don’t understand the concept of "Running of the Bulls" other than it’s a way for males to show their rite of passage in being able to outdistance the bulls and not get gorged in the process (to each his own I’ll give you that!).
Along the way we did a stop in Biarritz, France – France’s trendy beach resort on the southern-western part of France. It’s interesting comparing Biarritz to Spain’s San Sebastian as it’s remarkable for two beach resorts on the Atlantic Ocean how very different these beach resorts are