Camino Day 5 - Pamplona to Puente La Reina (27 km). Another incredible day on the Camino. The weather has been perfect, with cool mornings and fluffy clouds in the sky. Lots of barley fields and red poppies, and windmills at the top of the pass. Stopped at the famous pilgrim sculpture before the long downhill into the Arga Valley.
After a having a potato omelette at the Nogales Bar in Muruzabal, took a detour with an Australian to the Santa Maria de Eunate, a beautiful 12th century octanal church with attached Romanesque cloister once held by the Knights Templar. Charlemagne reportedly stopped over in Puente La Reina after his military conquest of the Moors. After Mass at the Iglesia de Santiago, the priest called up the Peregrinos for a special blessing, just like they've been doing for 800 years.