Arthez de Bearn to Navarrenx 32km
I am just about to reach the Basque Country tomorrow. This region has its own language and you may have noticed the place names have lots of letter c,q and z in them. Not the usual French spellings.
In addition to the usual languages there were leaflets in Gascon, Basque, Catalan and Galician.
The French have lots of jams on the breakfast table as well as plain yoghurt. The record on one Gite I stayed at was twelve different types on jam all of which were homemade. I really like the fig jam. You choose what flavour of yoghurt you want to eat by putting a spoonful of jam into the yoghurt pot.
My host in this small Gite cooks in a restaurant during the day and cooks for pilgrims in the evening. The trout was delicious last night. He is a good cook!
There are a lot of signs along the way saying things are private. Sometimes they are on roads, sometimes on fields, often there are signs declaring the hunting in a forest to be private. This was an unusual variant:
“Private property. Access only for walking pilgrims”
A shelter in a shed.
I failed to post this last night. I didn’t seem to have time! There was a pilgrim service in the church in the evening followed by drinks in the presbytery. It is a busy life being a pilgrim!