Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 73, Pamplona, Spain

Oh, wow guys, there is Pamplona (Basque: Iruña), capital of the fiercely independent Navarra.

The Romans called the city Pompaelo, after its founder Pompey the Great. They were succeeded by the Visigoths and then, briefly, by the Muslims.
Navarra has been a melting pot of dynastic, political and cultural aspirations and tensions, ever since Charlemagne rampaged across the Pyrenees from France in 778.
The city achieved great things under Sancho III in the 11th century and its position on the Camino de Santiago ensured its prosperity.
Pamplona is the home of Los Sanfermines (Fiesta de San Fermín) one of the most riotous and extreme festivals in Europe!!

At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls, an activity that many other countries would have banned years ago because of the perceived cruelty to animals and danger to people……..nooo, we won’t be watching this……since the festival was held in July already

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