Hotel du Lion d'Or
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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 ...
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 ...
... and then watched Donald Trump confound his critics by being comfortable and agile in the Republican hopefuls debate. His most telling point was that he takes no money from private or business interests and can claim no indebtedness. I would still be appalled if he were ...
... We went out from there exploring for two days. Mostly a maize area. We found a huge new shopping centre in St Pierre du Marsan. 85 outlets. Rain at night, but quite pleasant in the daytime. Millie made friends and was offered all kinds of treats which we had to refuse as she is still up and down with her health.
Our next move was to an aire in Mielan. Well laid out aire with good facilities. The village was lovely. But ...