It was surprisingly hot in Lourdes when we visited. I’ve had this unfounded notion that European countries are cold, even during summer, and to arrive in this southern town of France, sweating, as if I was back in Cebu, was quite disorienting. I’ve had hopes that it would be similar to UK where the sunshine can barely warm you, especially, when cold winds are strong. If I did my research, I would’ve found out that Lourdes is somewhat at the same level as Japan and knowing Japan’s weather (thanks to friends who’ve been), hot summer and cold winter at the extremes, I could’ve had an inkling of what was waiting for me in Lourdes.
Thankfully, we took a break from all the humidity, for a couple of hours, when we went up on the summit of Hautes-Pyrénées, at Pic du Jer. After a 10-minute funicular ride, we arrived at the peak and saw stunning views of the quaint town that is Lourdes, spotting the Sanctuary’s spires. Discovered the fields from the other side, and stood in amazement as we view the neighboring mountains that would be snow-capped during winter.