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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes May 31st 2018

Pamplona schnell verlassene, wandte ich mich den Pyrenäen zu. Auch hier überrascht: steile Hänge, oben noch Schneefelder und wunderschön. Ich fuhr neun der Pässe, mehr war nicht drin aus Zeitgründen. Dann nach Lourdes. Die Stadt hat das wirtschaftliche Potential der Marienerscheinung erkannt und perfekt vermarktet. So viele Hotels auf einem Haufen habe ich noch nie gesehen. Ich fand meines lange nicht und fuhr am Schluss wutschnaubend in die verkehrte Richtung durch eine Einbahnstraße. Es schüttete und es kam keiner. Nur in Singapur hatte ich ein kleineres Zimmer. Dann ging ich zur GROTTE, die nicht verschlossen wird, weil außerhalb, unter der Kirche. Die Leute pressen Sachen an die Wände der Grotte, fahren mit den Händen die Felswände entlang. Bisher hat noch keiner geschrien, dass er wieder sehen oder gehen kann. Die Läden im Umfeld sind von der ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 9th 2017

We stayed two nights in Lescar the reason we wanted to visit Lourdes. We had been there so forty years ago. It was well worth it. Things had changed. On arrival we found a park of all places at the Hospital. We did not know at the time but liz had an urgent nature call so she went inside a door that was open and finished up in a doctors room. She talked to a woman doctor that was sitting behind her desk. Explaining the urgency Liz was allowed to use the facilities in the doctor's room. That was a relief. We had everything now, a park and no looking for a toilet. We walked towards the Grotto not that far away. Lots of people go in the same direction so that is easy. arriving the ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 7th 2017

We landed in this lovely place called Cognac. We had no idea this was a beaut. It is in the middle of wine country and not that far from Bordeaux. We had time to look around but that was all for we were only there for the night. It was very busy in the city. people doing their shopping and cafe's were full and lively. People sitting at terraces having a glass of wine or a beer. We did window shopping, but were not in any need of anything. We felt a bit flat so we stopped at a place that sold pancakes. A big Kiwi bloke was doing the baking. We talked with him, he wanted to now what two Aussies were doing in Cognac. He was telling us he used to play rugby and ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 3rd 2017

We are now a few days further and we will try to continue with our story. We finished on the Farm where we stayed two days in a you could say Convent. absolutely nothing there. Not even a radio and the Internet mostly not there. The good part was the breakfast. A long table where all the Guests were seated at 8.30 in the morning to enjoy a simple breakfast. It was the Company that made he breakfast. The stories from all the guests were amazing. This was our last day there. The weather was not improving and we left the farm in wet conditions. Our next stop was Blois more land inwards that had a nice Chateaux. It was at the Loire where most of the castles are.in France. Approaching a small village we could ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 25th 2016

The warming days of spring we have experienced of the last two weeks have deserted us today. The day has dawned with a high overcast and a forecast of some showers along with a high of 14C. Poking my head out the door it felt like about 5C. Deciding that we should get to the funicular earlier in the day rather than later we set off on the 3km walk through the town to where the attraction was located. We have certainly had the feel that we are closer to Spain here in Lourdes as the pace of life in the streets and shops seem more laid back. Walking through the narrow streets that lead down to the entry to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which we had visited yesterday the shops were slow ... read more
The halfway crossing point on the viaduct,Finicular,Lourdes
View out over Lourdes from the upper Finicular terminal
View over Lourdes from the top of the hill

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 24th 2016

Today we experienced something we have never seen before and it is hard to accurately describe the emotions we felt during our visit to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes where a simple peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, reported a vision of the Virgin Mary. Neither of us are Catholics but we were both deeply moved by what we saw and experienced during our three hour visit to the grotto and its environs. The day dawned clear and sunny again. It has been over 2 weeks since we last experienced any rain and we can hardly believe our good fortune as it makes sightseeing so much more enjoyable when one can keep dry. We did some administration during the morning.Washing, reading emails, paying bills by internet banking, all the things that one would do at ... read more
Blessed Virgin Mary at the Grotto,Lourdes
The Grotto,Lourdes
Candles of all sizes,Lourdes

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 23rd 2016

Our short stay at Taillon-Medoc has been comfortable enough even though the apartment was much more compact than the previous places we have stayed in on the BBA V3. Our host Wilhelm wasn’t home when we were ready to leave but he said just to leave the key in the door and he would know we had departed when he returned home. Another very trusting host. We chose the shortest road option on the GPS south to Lourdes and the first 50 odd kilometres was on the highway. Joining the highway from the rocade the speed limit quickly increased from 90kph to 110kph and then 130kph, the first road in France we have encountered this limit. Cars weren’t speeding past us as we came to grips with the higher speed limit then seemingly out of the ... read more
We assume this was the name of the proprietor of this hairdresser in Grenade-sur-l'Adour.Unfortunate perhaps
Map of directions for one of the trails to Santiago de Compostelo
Fort in centre of Lourdes

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




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