Logrono to Najera 29km
There was a wine festival in Logrono yesterday. There were lots of festivities and music and drinking very late. I didn’t hear a thing as I was fast asleep! Well apart from someone being sick in the toilets. I was a good pilgrim and was asleep by 10pm. This morning I could see some of the evidence:
It took an hour and a half to walk out of the city on a grey morning. Slowly the day’s weather improved and the path started passing through vineyards. This is the region where Rioja red wine comes from. A lot of the grapes are not grown on wires but the plants are free standing. The harvesting of these seems to be done by hand. A tractor with trailer, a front end loader and half a dozen people.
The landscape is pretty flat.
The hostel here is very clean and tidy:
For the first time I had a printed guide and I was particularly struck by three facts. One was that this was made in 1690. Pretty old. One was that the centrepiece was a statue of a Virgin and child (it probably is not very clear). In France also it seemed that the veneration of Mary is extremely prominent. The third fact – and you will have to take my word for this as it is not clear in this picture- is that “the whole altarpiece is crowned with the arms of Charles I of Spain and V of Germany”. Back in those days Charles was not only king of the Spanish Empire but also king of Burgundy and also king of the Holy Roman Empire. (He was a Hapsburg). A powerful person indeed.
There is a lot of History I need to learn.
I’ll tell you about the cause of the 100 year war in France one day soon. It’s fascinating. Honest.