Camino adventures: red & green in Puente la Reina

Today was an easy day with a couple hours set aside to explore Puente la Reina. As we walked along a side street I caught the unmistakable smell of roasting chile.

The guy roasting the red chile insisted on taking a picture of me operating the roaster.

This is something so typical of New Mexico in August or early September. I followed my nose to find an outdoor market where women were peeling red chile and a guy was roasting them. There were even chile ristras hanging on walls.

Red and green chile in the marketplace in Puente la Reina, Spain.
Red chile ristras, called chorizeros in Navarra, Spain, hanging on a wall at a market in Puente la Reina.

We walked on out of the town and looked back at the medieval bridge that gives the town its name.

The bridge that gives Puente la Reina its name.

After leaving the town we had a long steep climb and finally a descent through farmland and vineyards towards the hilltop village of Cirauqui.

Hilltop village of Cirauqui.

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