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A night in Olite

And then through Pamplona

overcast 17 °C

In Olite, we drive through the town wall to the Parador. It is only to unload, as there is no parking in town. This Parador is in the Castle/Church/Bishop’s manor complex built into the city wall.
Our Parador (Hotel)

Our Parador (Hotel)


Checked in we relax and have a pre dinner drink before dinner. Tonight we are taking advantage of their half board offer for 140Euros for the 3 of us. Dinner is good, but it is huge and we roll up to bed and collapse into sleep.
Because dinner in Spain does not start until 8:30pm, you do not finish until 10 pm earliest. As a result, G cannot get up early and we are often the last down to breakfast, and not leaving until nearly check out time at noon. And breakfast is huge like dinner, so no lunch required. A walk around Olite reveals a very picturesque town with plenty of ancient buildings and narrow alleys etc. By the produce available, it also seems to be an affluent town.
Medieval Soccer Practice

Medieval Soccer Practice


I'm not sure...

I'm not sure...


We head on to Pamplona (Iruna). The bull run is not the only thing happening in Pamplona, it is a very attractive town with lots of great buildings. In fact the Bull Run does not happen until the week of the 7 – 14 July. The bull ring itself is quite an ugly round concrete thing, with a lot better ones seen around. You can trace out the path of the bulls through the town. It is not a long trip, about 1 km, so the bulls are still energetic when they reach the ring. You can see the nasty right hander into Estafeta Kalea and understand why so many people and bulls lose their footing (and other things) at this point.
Ernest Hemmingway

Ernest Hemmingway


Entrance to the bull ring

Entrance to the bull ring


We have found a clothing company based in Pamplona called Kukuxumusu (Kookooshoomoosoo) which design and make T-shirts, clothing, mugs, laptop cases, backpacks, etc. They are a lot of fun and G and I each buy a t-shirt.
On the way out of town we stop at the citadel for the city, a great example of 16th century defensive fortress design. It is easy to see how hard it would be to attack a place with defences like these.
Well preserved Citadel

Well preserved Citadel


Now we head up to Bilbao.
North Basque landscape

North Basque landscape


Thanks to my brilliant directions, we manage to miss the place we are staying at and do a 20 km circuit around the town on the wrong side of the river. My annoyance is not helped by the fact that we do run into the San Mames stadium, but the weekend’s game against Deportivo is sold out. Try again. This time we miss the hotel again and end updoing a 15km circuit out to the west and back into the city centre. Next we read the instructions better and find the Bilbao exhibition centre, and circle round that till we locate the Novotel.The Exhibition Centre

The Exhibition Centre

Posted by lostagain 02:54 Archived in Spain Tagged volunteer

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