Hotel Villa Russell
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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.
... in a hotel, as there are no Alburgues open. Eat at the late hour of 8:30, the norm in Spain & then rest the night away! Did not plan well today, as I didn't have enough food for fuel and the villages were mostly quiet for the season. Many of these villages will become bustling during the winter ski season. They are taking a siesta during the fall! Grateful for my new pilgrim ...
The campsite was damp and sandy - not an ideal combination. The decision was to wander slowly to the Pyrenees south of Toulouse where we could hope for more consistent weather.
Our first stop was at a small aire in Villeneuve de Marsan. Almost full ( only 7 spaces) when we arrived, so it was good that we were earlyish. Nice spot - all French. Lovely and helpful. Even offered to share the electricity - there were ...
... of a 16th century fort. We wandered around it as it was also closed. There were deer in the empty moat surrounding the fort.
Across the road was a small supermarket that was open. We got food to snack on. While relaxing in the shade with food, Peter from Belgium walked towards us. We had met Peter at the albergue in Can franc. He had been on the Camino since Lourdes and travelling on his own. We had comfortably connected ...
... run down and not loved as much. Fed and watered and off we go. 15.20 hrs made good time. Arrived tired. Oh oh. Lourdes has been taken over by cheap and cheerful tacky shops and disgusting cafes. What a sham. So many people believing in the legend of this place. All here for hope, to pray and cure. Wouldn't want to burst their bubble but? Words fail ...