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- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
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... actually you're right. Despite a mass of visiting walking tourists, nothing in Saint-Larry Soulan was open. Apparently this was their time to close prior to the winter rush. The best meal we could rustle up was a pizza. Who eats pizza in France? Our Irish B&B friends, who stayed here for a week, ended up popping over to Spain for a hearty meal. (I enjoyed writing that last sentence)
Speaking of Spain, time to head there ourselves.
... fellow pilgrims. Follow the Dutchman thru the hilly country side. Mountains to my back, camino flowers all around. Down into the valley I tumble, with pilgrims by my side. Good day 23k - my feet are happy for the stop without blisters!! Passing thru tiny villages, with not many services, I forge on to Castiello de Jaca, a sleepy village where I rest my weary head and feet. I splurge ...
Our hosts took took us to their favourite restaurant for lunch. Chris being Dutch, we went dutch and had a good meal of mushroom and slow egg, veal with fresh pasta, and cocoa iced parfait with a very good 2011 Domaine Lapeyre madiran. Packing filled the evening and then the movie 'Ghost Writer' on TV. We drive up to the Dordogne district ...
Then down south of Lourdes to Soulom. I had a faint suspicion that this might not be a good aire - there was no cross reference with the 'Aires de Services' book. And the last inspection was in 2010. I was right to be sceptical. The borne was gone and although you could park, to get the fresh water and clean the loo cassette, you had to go to the next village. Here the facilities were primitive and ...
... main, the rock melon and prosciutto starter and the Creme Broulee were all sensational. Felipe still got an early mark and the bottle of Beaujolais was pretty darn good.(Non Vin de La Maison sil vous plait!)
I am presently on the train from Lourdes to Bayonne and here I change for a bus into St. Jean. Already on this train I have witnessed a number of fellow pilgrims with the tell tale clam shell attached to their backpacks. Most have walking poles ...