Saturday, April 27, 2013

Day 8 Rain and more rain

Today was another rainy day. Our walk was wet and cold, so we didn't take our iPad along and have no photos of the day's journey to post. We walked from Aethez-de-Bearne to the Muret Sanctuary. A shame we didn't stop there because of the weather. It was the site of the Battle of Muret in which the Catholics, led by Simon de Montfort, won a battle against the Cathars.

We would have ended our day at Muret but continued another 4 km to Sauvelade, where a church is all that remains of a Benedictine monastery, built in the 12th century. It was originally dedicated to Mary but later was dedicated to Saint James in honor of the pilgrims who stopped to rest in the abbey.

Now that we are back in our hotel the sun has come out. We looked out our window and were surprised of our view...of the Pyrenees...looking much closer now. In just a few days we'll reach them.

Our hotel has a story. It is a 12th century, 3 story house, that had been in ruins. Two English gentlemen bought the property and renovated it. Now it is a wonderful B&B. Its said that it was the home of the mistress of King Henry IV.

Forgot to mention anything about the blisters...they are there...the worst of any of our journeys. Will loose four toenails soon. Still have to keep walking. An angel is walking with us- Lois from Canada wrapped my toes in lamb's wool yesterday and it felt like I was walking on clouds.

1 comment:

  1. That is a great photo of the Pyrenees-- beckoning you on. We are sorry to hear of the blisters but hope the lambs wool will do the trick. Our thoughts are with you,

    Bruce and Karen

    ps Padres swept the Giants over the weekend- that might make your feet feel better!