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July 5th 2012
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Well, here I am again after the slowest of blogging starts. I am slowly trying to catch up although I must say that Jeanette probably took the best pictures with her fancy camera and none of them have yet been downloaded to my computer. That will be done when we return to Calgary unless I make an attempt before that.

We are about to leave Lourdes where we spent the night and head for Carcassonne, the medieval walled city, via Toulouse.

It was an unexpectedly wonderful evening as we attended an extraordinary event. We first visited the Grotto where Bernadette claimed to have had visions of the Blessed Mary, mother of Jesus. She was since made a saint after severe scrutiny from the Roman Catholic Church. Lourdes in one of the foremost pilgrimage sites for Roman Catholics and other Christians and receives six million visitors annually although in 2008 it welcomed eight million. We saw evidence of that last night as we participated with thousands of others in a procession from the Grotto to the basilica. Despite my deep reservations (based on Christianity) concerning the use of idols in this manner, I still have respect for the faithful Roman Catholics who participated in the event. However I also strongly believe that Mary herself, as the mother of the Lord Jesus and not an image of stone , must be held in the highest esteem, respect, admiration and homage.

I will try to download a few more pictures from earlier.


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Sunset in Sorento, ItalySunset in Sorento, Italy
Sunset in Sorento, Italy

After dinner at our restaurant in Sorento, we watched this beautiful sunset while the lights of Naples twinkled under the shadow of an ever present Vesuvius.
With Jeanette, Norm and Jenny.With Jeanette, Norm and Jenny.
With Jeanette, Norm and Jenny.

Standing on the grounds at Monte Casino whom the Allies destroyed thinking it to be heavily fortified by the Germans during the Italian campaign of World War 11.
A main street in PompeiA main street in Pompei
A main street in Pompei

The entire excavation of Pompei is still incomplete unbelievably. It is unbelievable to walk that ancient city.
Remnants of the marble in the ColosseumRemnants of the marble in the Colosseum
Remnants of the marble in the Colosseum

Just imagine the Colosseum covered entirely by marble.


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