Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
Day 7-April 4 – 5.81 Total Miles, Exploration of Estella, Spain. Today was a day of rest and exploration. It was nice to sleep in. Ron’s sister Kathy commented that we are walking through a museum every day. We agree. The history here is long and interesting. We learn something new everyday.
The Church of San Pedro de La Rue was built in the 13th century. It is on a hillside. We wonder at how the masons were able to haul the large stones and set them in place. The inside of the church is beautiful. Stained glass windows, hand carved wood and masonry work were done by artisans. Our pilgrim passports were stamped for the day by the church volunteer. Cross #10 was left in the church.
Another climb up many flights of stairs was to the Church of St Michael. The inside of the church was just as spectacular as the Church of San Pedro. Both churches are still in use.
One can only wonder how the local parishioners can support such massive buildings. It is hard to imagine the history the churches have seen.
We went browsing through the local shops. Carmelo was given cross #11. He is a local shop owner who does beautiful work with wood.
A bridge built by the Romans separates the churches. It is steep and paved in rocks. After all of the centuries that have passed, the bridge is still used by people but is too steep for modern cars.
The modern town is active. We watched a parade of Basque girls but do not know why they were having a parade. It was very surprising to see children out playing in the town square with no adult supervision. They play soccer, ride scooters, roller blade and just hang out. This no longer seems to occur in the US which is sad. We were reminded of when we were young and played outside all day.
After eating this evening, we were walking back to our hostel and crossed paths with Yukiko from Japan who we met our first day out in Orisson. We were all glad to see each other. She had met another young lady from Japan and was walking with her.
Tomorrow we are off to Los Arcos. We have had to start using the internet to make reservations at hostels as the they are filling fast. We are making reservations, two days out. Buen Camino. Sharon and Ron