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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 1st 2008

Spent the morning travelling to Lourdes and arrived there at around 2pm. It was a beautiful hot day. On our way there though we stopped at a town called Pau and had some lunch and looked at a castle there, this town also had an amazing view of the Pyrenees. Lourdes is a pilgrimage town and apparently about 6 million people visit it each year. It is France´s second most popular city after Paris. We walked down to the basilica that is on top of St Bernadette´s grotto. Mum and I walked around for a while and there was also a walk up a mountain that had monuments showing the stations of the cross and Mum and I did that. Before heading back to the hotel we had an icecream and ran into Shayne and Karen, ... read more
St Bernadette´s Grotto
Torchlit Procession

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 1st 2008

I AM GOING TO BEGIN THIS BY MAKING AN APOLOGY FOR ALL FUTURE SPELLING ERRORS ON THESE PAGES. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD BE SO DIFFICULT TO TYPE ON A CHINESE KEYBOARD! Right here goes... Lourdes is a lot of things to a lot of people but to the pilgrims that make the journey year after year and in fact to any pilgrim that has made the journey it is what i'd call a suprisingly emotional experience. Now I am not sure if I would have said that if I was to write this after the first or even the second day that I was there because up to then I couldn't see past the massive crowds (30,000 sitting for an 8.30am Wednesday morning mass kind of crowds) and the rows and rows, streets and ... read more
Garvanie, Pyrenees

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes February 12th 2008

I was actually surprised to have headed to Lourdes so soon after Fatima, but it was the 150th anniversary of the first Marian apparition there so we figured it would be the best time to go! We took a bus to Madrid through the night and then a discount airline to get to Pamplona, where we were staying with a friend of a friend who works at the University of Navarra. The first day in Pamplona we took a bus an hour south to the town of Olite, walked though a huge castle and toured a wine museum where we recieved complimentary bottles of Crianza from the Navarra region. That night we ate at a restaurant frequented by Hemingway, next to the hotel La Perla, where he always stayed. His favorite room 217 is never empty. ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 2nd 2007

The last part of our tour is to take in France, and unfortunately, it is a bit farther away than we had hoped. All our long drives seem to be in this tail end - but seeing as we only have 4 nights left, we had best make the most of a bad bus situation J 700 k’s meant reading - and Iz and I were both buried in books to pass the time. It is great seeing him read, as he doesn’t pick up a book at home. Now he has read two more, with a third underway (I talked him into reading Cloudstreet, and he’s loving it?) We managed to arrive at our final destination, the holy city of Lourdes at 5pm, and I decided to watch some tele, while Iz went for a ... read more
Castle Ruins
Hay Bails

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes July 26th 2007

So I last wrote a few days ago while I was in Tarbes. Later that day I rode to Lourdes which wasn't that far of a ride. I decided to stay there for 2 nights and take some time to see the city and then ride up to the finish of a stage at le Col d'Aubisque. I really liked this town and it has been by far the best one yet. Found a hotel near the train station and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening wandering around the town. This place is a zoo of catholic tourists/pilgrimages. I wasn't aware of this but apparently Lourdes is the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette at the "Grotto". Now there is a huge Basilica built on top of the spot and there are tons ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 14th 2005

Egg 2. Hi all . We left Toulouse on the 14th September and drove South toward the Pyrenees (pair of knees). The landscape quickly became mountainous once we cleared the outskirts of Toulouse - its was stunningly lush and green and super hilly. Actually at times - were it not for the brilliant sunshine - you might have mistaken the surroundings for Scotland. We had a short lunch stop in Lourdes, just to see what it was like really, as the Senior eggs have been a few times. The upper part of Lourdes seems just like any other southern French town. The area is gorgeous and has a lovely Swiss feel to it. We parked up and strolled down to toward the Grotto. Although I´m not a religous person myself, I found the experience relatively interesting. ... read more
Queue for Grotto (not Santa!)
Church Above Grotto
Fork Handles

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 21st 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 3 France. 21st September 2004 Bordeaux and South along the Atlantic Coast Having said farewell to Sonia in Limoges, we headed through heavy rain west to Bordeaux country and the wine town of St Emilion, a name surely on everybody’s lips at some time in their lives. There were vineyards as far as the eye could see in every direction, purple grapes just about ready for harvesting and every cave in the town seemed to be selling wine and sign after elaborate sign seemed to point to yet another chateaux. St Emilion itself is immaculate and drools with money - a place to admire, a centre of commerce - but not a place to live, Janice would tell you. At last the temperature was dropping, now approaching 18C from a sweltering 37C ... read more
St Emillion

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes October 20th 2002

My boss invited me to go to Lourdes way before we set to Europe. Although I am not a Catholic, I said to myself why not go there, see the place and check out the miracle water. We went to Lourdes from Paris via train again and checked into a hotel not far from the church. Although you know there were lots of pilgrims, the place was quiet. We went to the site and my boss took the opportunity to join the prayer parade that night. I just sat at a bench and watched the people mostly elderly pray with their candles went around the grounds then to the church for more prayers. Next day we were early to visit the church, Grotto and check out the miracle water. I drank the pure (as they ... read more
The Sanctuary at Lourdes
The Grotto
View from the Summit - Pyrenees

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 16th 2001

Being Hardcore catholics as my family is, we couldn't travel 6 hours to france without stopping at lourdes as well. We hopped on a TGV (speed train) and headed to Lourdes for a day. It was our hotel that night tha we traveled. Speed trains are the way to travel. They are soo cool. I could sit on them forever and just watch out the window. Travel across country?...any day :)... read more

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