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Europepilgrims stayed here on Aug 21, 2013 during their trip titled: Rosemarie and Robert's Europe Pilgrimage.
After an extended breakfast we started with a visit of Estella and the cultural "must sees", in particular the old town center.
At 1'clock in the afternoon we left southwest on the n-111 to visit the monastery of Irache and its fountain of vine. Yes, that's right... Free drinks for all (and it was crowded).
From here onward …
I love the fiesta culture in Spain. In my last entry I said I had to go as it was fiesta night, it wasn't just fiesta night it was fiesta week ! The vendimia (wine harvest festival) in La Rioja is known as San Mateo and is held on and in the days surrounding San Mateo (St Matthews Day) on September 21st.
The streets of Logrono are packed …
... enjoy blackberries, figs, almonds and walnuts from along the side of the road which is a wonderful experience.
Along side the way, large crosses have given way to smaller more modest ones and 'yards of pilgrim created stone cairns' often with notes, wishes and prayers tucked in amongst the stones. The way is definitely busier than in France with a much greater diversity of age, and at times I feel like it has given way from ...
... and get this...a glass of wine was only 80 cents Euro. Thats right, less than 1 Euro and the tapa was only 1.20 Euro. It was so good.
We also stopped at a place specialising in fried potatoes topped with mayonnaise and chill sauce. Pretty good too but the mushrooms win.
We also found a little market selling meats, fruits and veges. For some reason the delis here just look so nice and artsy.
This place rocks.