Yesterday there were dozens of hikers, mostly French weekenders, and interestingly mostly women. We did meet two women from New Jersey, who had come from Le Puy and going to St. Jean Pied de Port. A lot more people than there are accommodations for, so at end of day lodging is questionable. Monica had tried making reservations before we left, but due to language difference, wasn’t sure it worked. So far so good. We stopped at a small Chambre d’Hote for lunch today, and it could rival any Bay Area restaurant. Started with a Foie Gras salad with local lettuce & tomatoes, and almonds,then I had grilled lamb, and Monica had beef that came with a mix of veggies and mashed potatoes (the French love potatoes), then they brought the Frommage course with 6 local cheeses, ending with a fruit tart and a Creme brûlée and coffee.Well also a carafe of the house red. HEY! It easy being a Pilgrim. We are having a bit of a problem getting photos on here, but stay tuned.