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Where To Go, What To Eat in Lourdes, France

Despite having only a 40km square area and a population of around 15 000, Lourdes is the second highly-visited city in France after Paris. In fact, among French cities, only Paris has more hotel capacity. Famous for its Marian apparitions in 1858 to a village girl named Bernadette, Lourdes is also the 3rd most important site of Catholic pilgrimages following Rome and the Holy Land, respectively. Lourdes reminds me of the little French town Belle sings about, but of course, sans…

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3 Museums to Visit in Lourdes, France

In such a historical town, it’s no surprise that museums left and right exist. Aboard the Little Train tour that we took the same day as when we visited Pic du Jer, we also visited 3 of the many museums in Lourdes. Musée de Lourdes Museum of Lourdes is a wax museum depicting life in Lourdes the same time as when the apparitions happened in 1858. You may learn about various trades, visit shops and basically, experience what it must’ve…

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On Top of Lourdes at Pic du Jer, France

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…

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Marian Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France

Previously, I showed you around the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of the most visited pilgrim sites in the Christian world. The Sanctuary is built around the rock, Massabiele, where a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette Subirous, saw apparitions of a white-robed lady 18 times. During these apparitions the lady instructed Bernadette to tell the village priest and build a chapel which many people would soon visit. Bernadette dug the earth until she discovered water, soon enough, this became a…

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France

Visiting Lourdes in France was the focal point as to why I flew to UK in 2016. The boyfriend, his parents and I went on a short but meaningful trip to Lourdes, a town devoted to honoring the Virgin Mary whose series of apparitions were seen by a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous (now St. Bernadette). Before I share with you the different pilgrimage stages and works of mercy that we did and participated in, I want to show you first…

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