Day 3. Maneru to Estella

This hike covered 10 miles with some elevation gains that challenged us a bit more than yesterday trek over the Alto del Perdon.  

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Look closely and you'll see the world on a hillside sculptured with car tires! Whimsical and reflective. Yes, we are one world. 

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Our hike visits monasteries daily. Here's one with a classic look in Lorca. 

A hermitage along the route

A hermitage along the route

Ensalada Templada Gulas y Gambas

Ensalada Templada Gulas y Gambas

In Estella my menu del dia was over the top fabulous.  The restaurant held 40 guests and during our visit it was a totally local clientele.  

Stuffed calamari with onions in mushroom sauce

Stuffed calamari with onions in mushroom sauce

Flan

Flan

The Camino is loaded with historic buildings, wells and other points of interest. To catch even a handful of these moments one must saunter rather than walk briskly. Sauntering is a challenge for me so it's become a (nearly) daily practice.  In the Day 4 blog I break out of the saunter; just for a day. 

Not shown, a bottle of Rioja vino tinto.  

The Basque Country has some of the best food on the planet. We have been in food 'heaven' and this portion of each day has been a daily highlight. In the end the Camino walk will be more memorable because of the Basque cuisine.