Well we found ourselves at the end of our walking day at an albergue on the Camino. The owner pantomimed that if we did not call for a reservation, there was no room at the Inn. Another four françaises arrive and they too have not reserved. What is a poor Pilgrim to do??
The owner gave me a card and said there was an Inn close by whose owners speak English. I called and they said they have 3 rooms for 6 people AND they would come pick us up and tomorrow drop us back at the Camino. How perfect was that??
The Inn was so beautiful... A restored farmhouse from the 1700s.The owners are basque and amazingly generous and such hosts. After a glass of wine in the sunshine, we had a meal cooked by the mother of the owner... Fried purée of potato with nettles, squid with a black ink sauce, seared pieces of côté de boeuf and patates, and a basque style rice pudding.
After some homemade digestifs, we rolled into bed. It will take some major walking tomorrow to work off tonight's dinner!!!
Us poor pilgrims!!!! Pray for us!!!! :)