I had decided to give my stomach a rest so that it could recover, so everywhere I could I simply ordered a black tea with lemon: I must have drunk 4 of these today!
The walk was lovely: through vineyards looking very healthy in rather stony ground. I rejected the temptation at a Bodega for wine tasting at €1.5 (the only one I've seen in Spain). It was a bit early and I was still resting my stomach.
I had booked into the Hostal Santa Maria, having been told that the lovely Posada La Moncloa de San Lazaro was full (though its possible I got the day wrong on the telephone). The Posada looked a really interesting historic building when I passed by, so I resolved to drop in later for a drink later in the day.
When I finally did this at 5.30 p.m. or so, I shouted myself a whiskey to (hopefully) finally settle my stomach. As I sat enjoying this in the upstairs restaurant area, I noticed it was pouring with rain outside. What a change in the weather! This was the first heavy rain I had seen in Spain in 3 weeks: perhaps this was more typical of this part of the Camino.
A group of ladies were having a knitting lesson from a woman selling beautiful wool. The group were seated happily at a round table, oblivious to the weather. I decided to have a light meal there to warm me up before venturing out into the cold wet night.
|Posada La Moncloa Restaurant|
|Church of Santa Maria: XVI century|
with 10th century apse