Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Monday, May 30, 2011

The French Connection

DAY FOUR – May 19th – Lunch in Viskarret

Does this picture remind you of a famous ad for beer? (hint, think Guinness!)

As the journey continued we discovered Barry has an encyclopedic knowledge of wine and Pat has an equally impressive ability to enjoy wine without worrying too much about it..

We were joined for lunch by the charming Nicole from Paris. She was walking the whole way to Santiago with her rucksack on her back. She explained approx half the weight comprised of food. The rucksack got lighter as the Camino progressed. Nicole was one of many women we met on the way who destroyed for once and for all the notion that women were the weaker sex.

Nicole had walked from St Jean to Roncesvalles the previous day in one stage. She also had some interesting thoughts about Orisson which leaves me sorely outnumbered on that subject. We shared our salami and fish; she gave us chocolate and cheese. We had our own proper little common market. Nicole has a very handsome partner who miraculously looks like Fraser. Go figure.

You will notice Daniel’s rucksack in the foreground. Daniel decided after the first day to become a real pilgrim and to carry his own bag. Very impressive. Clearly becoming a ‘real’ pilgrim did not go as far as declining alcohol.

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