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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes April 30th 2015

Today we took a trip on the funicular railway which takes you up to 888m, then we walked the rest to the summit of Pic du Jer. The views were worth the effort. Some birds of prey flying overhead but unable to identify. The afternoon we visited Lourdes Castle and the Pyrennean Museum. Good views once again and lots of steps! Some special pottery including two old feeding cups (Biberon de Malade).... read more
Without bike!

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes April 26th 2015

We travelled to Cahors and spent a day with Lesley and Peter enjoying lunch at their local bar. The weather was atrocious - it rained for 16 hours! Travelling on to Lourdes we set up in the campsite Le Foret not far from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. We visited the sanctuary the following day 29 April. Every nationality appeared to be present in this vast area - beautiful basilica - huge offerings of lighted candles. Many disabled people visiting the grotto. We were fortunate that the outside service of the rosary at the grotto was in English! Unable to have a dip in the baths as there was a 3 hour wait! Surrounding the sanctuary is a large gift shop area selling souvenirs to the pilgrims - altogether an amazing experience.... read more
The square
From the basilica
Before the service

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes January 14th 2015

Although I am not a Catholic, I accompanied my friend and his wife to Lourdes one time during my 8 year residence in France. I'm glad I did because it was a spiritually rewarding experience for me. He was a long lost friend whom I had not seen or heard from for over 40 years. Back in the 1960's when I was growing up in what was then known as Rangoon, Burma (now officially called Yangon, Myanmar) we became very close and did what most teenage boys were fond of doing at that time; fooling around, drinking beer, chasing girls (most of the time unsuccessfully), etc. 40 plus years later, after re-establishing contact with each other, he and his wife came to visit me in France. It was a very happy reunion after all these years. ... read more
Beziers, France
Pau, France
Lourdes, France

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 30th 2014

During the Tour de France the king of the mountain wears a red polka dot jersey! Our planned route led us to Lourdes to see the fourth last leg of the tour, and the gruelling mountain legs of Col du Tourmalet and Hautacam. Seeing the Tour de France has been a life long dream of George's, and our holiday motto of 'don't leave a man behind' meant we were all committed to a very long, but exciting day. The mountain legs were about a fifteen minute drive out of Lourdes, so we were up very early to prepare for our day. We had baguettes,water, snacks, wine, towels, sunscreen..even serviettes, the bags were very heavy. Thanks George, Jen and Michael for carrying the bags. After brekky we drove Pablo to a little town at the base of ... read more
Crepe stop
Crazy kids having fun
Vincenzo Nibali

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes May 13th 2013

An early start, always helps if you read your watch correctly! Ian had pretty much packed everything by the time I had showered and sorted the mammoth out. With 258KM of road between us and our nights stop, we set off through kilometre after kilometre of Vin Yards, they seemed to go on forever. Through forests and finally through windy roads we could see the Pyrenees in the distance. Woolly says – My first really big mountains, I’ve seen Snowden and a few others but these provide the border between France and Spain, they looked incredible, no snow in sight but I’m sure we’ll get to that. Pitching up at Camping Arrouche in the foothills of the Pyrenees and within a kilometre of Lourdes, we had a stunning setting for the night. The lady in the ... read more
St Bernadette's Church
Front view of St Bernadette's
Stunning Decorations

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes April 26th 2013

Lourdes. Continuing westward on Friday morning, we entered the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains south of Toulouse, which mountains define the border between southwestern France and northeastern Spain. There were serious melts of snow in the mountains and the rivers flowing northward were in heavy spate. The Riviere Gave de Pau was in flood through Pau, to the west. The weather was quite cool and a misty rain was falling as we entered Lourdes, city of Sainte Bernadette. In 1858, a girl named Bernadette claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary – Our Lady of Lourdes - who directed her to a natural spring that arose in a small grotto at the foot of a hillside. This grotto and spring are said to possess miraculous healing powers and they are visited by millions of tourists and ... read more
The Grotto
The Sacred Spring

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 21st 2012

What better time to update my blog than a 6 hour train trip from Lourdes to Paris. So I left off in Beaune just about to join my group. In the drive from Beaune to Geneve airport (where i dropped off car number 2 and was picked up for the group) was incredible and I got to see 2 of the things I wanted to in France, a field of sunflowers and a tunnel that went straight through a mountain. The drive is absolutely stunning with some gorgeous countryside with sunflower fields dotted throughout and as you get closer to Switzerland and the Alps it opens up into these beautiful gorges. So you drive through a tunnel in a mountain and come out to look down over these huge lakes and rivers. I'm quite sure many ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 28th 2012

Hi all, Day 4. Made it to the foot of the Pyrenees. In a campsite south of Lourdes surrounded by mountains, simply stunning. The views take your breath away. The weather is still fantastic, beautiful blue skies and very warm. Rays broken out the shorts but Gill is still in GB kit. Owner of the site has given us bad news regarding our route over the mountains 3 passes are closed for repairs and snow. We now have to back track a few miles to a major road and take a long tunnel. That will stop the views, never mind perhaps they will be open when we return. Our progress is somewhat slow as we are not using any motorways, but we think you see more of the country you pass through. We still have 6 ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes November 14th 2011

I was getting into the swing of things, I really was. I was taking the bad with the good and enjoying everything I could. I was befriending strangers and hiking foggy mountains. I was sleeping on trains and feasting on unrefrigerated cheese. I was making plans and treating myself to excursions. I was caught by surprise by the half-way mark of my Adventure and worried that two more months wasn't enough. Sweden, Norway, and Finland werer beautiful, and Berlin was fun, and then-- I don't know exactly what happened. It's like I tried to sweep a tablecloth out from underneath a setting of dishes but didn't get it quite right, so all the dishes went crashing to the floor. It might be that I started to get too comfortable, formed expectations, and had those expectations smashed ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 2nd 2010

I am officially in the Pyrenees, after what was a comparitively simple day of skirting the North side of the real mountains for 95 miles. Having set off from Bayonne at just before 10, I immediately found myself going up a pretty steep hill surrounded by farm animals, which I hadn't really counted on. This was short lived as after a couple of miles I was heading back down which was was to be a recurrent theme throughout the day, a small taste of things to come no doubt. One thing I will say, is that the bugs in this part of the world are terrifyingly large. I swear something the size of a kitten landed on my leg at one point; my high pitch squeal seemingly scaring it away. Slight exaggeration, however it did scare ... read more

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