Day 10 – Logroño to Navarette

The night in the real Albergue went fine. No major snorers and our coughs weren’t bad. I had the top bunk and managed not to have to get up at night. We woke before 6 and rummaged around packing until the ligihts got turned on. oWe finished packing and were off around 7:15. As we went out, over the route we had staked out the previous night, I took this picture.

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I thought that was the classiest “Road Closed” sign I had ever seen. Real Spanish tiles.

Once we got through the city, we came on lovely park area, la Grajera, which is thoroughly described in Pilgrimage Road to Santiago (PRS-30). After a while walking around the lake we came to Cafe Cabaña Tio Juarvi and stopped for breakfast.

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Envigorated by jugo de naranja, patata, and cafe con leche, we headed up to Alto de la Grajera and into Navarette.

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20130414-170852.jpgAs we enter Navarette, we went past the ruins of the Hospital de San Juan de Acre, a 12th century pilgrim hostel which survived until Carlist Wars of the 19th century.

20130414-171854.jpgThe Pilgrimage Road to Santiago (PRS-30) says that if you come to Navarette and the door to Iglesia de la Asunción is closed, wait around and make sure you get in. We happened by as a Mass was starting took off our packs and celebrated. The Retalbo behind the altar was astounding.

20130414-172612.jpgHere is the outside of the church viewed as we were entering (Nikon shot will be a better substitute with computer access). Following it are various shots within the church.

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20130414-174409.jpgTotal of around 10 miles today. More Rioja walks tomorrow, but doubtful anything to top that church.

Posted from Navarrete, La Rioja, Spain.