Pamplona to Cizur – May 14

The Camino all through Pamplona is really well waymarked with silver disc’s in addition to the yellow arrows. 20140513_092350
You leave the old section of the city & walk through an newer more modern section. As we were walking through a park we saw a peregrino coming towards us carrying her pack wearing sandals & carrying her boots in her hand. She recognized us from Paderborn. She said her feet were I n such bad shape they’d sent her to a clinic that treated her & told her she had to stay off her feet for at least 2 days. So she was walking all the way back to Paderborn.
At the edge of town you walk through a park like area of a university. 20140513_101239
Pretty soon you are on a dirt path that very quickly is in an agricultural area. A famous battle was fought here between Charlemagne & a Muslim king. Over 100000 soldiers fought in a bloody battle that the Crusader eve tally won. Now there are wild flowers growing in the fields. 20140513_104941
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Cizur Menor is the base for the Order of St. John of Malta Hospitalers (Sanjuanistas) who established a monastery there in 1135 to help Pilgrims. Brian remembered that someone had once given his father a pin for this organization.
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We stayed in Albuergue Familia Ronald where the family has been taking care of pilgrims for several generations. Maribel the current owner is famous for treating sore feet. She had 2 guys sitting with their feet in tubs of very cold water with vinegar & salt. The dorm room was quite chilly that night.

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