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Dec 4, 2010 - Lourdes

Since it was my second last weekend before going back to Paris to come home, I decided to take a day trip to Lourdes - the second most visited city in France after Paris. I went by myself this time and made an afternoon of it (It is only a half hour there and 12 euros roundtrip from Pau). The major draw of this town is the grotto. Here, Bernadette claimed to have seen the Virgin Saint 18 times in the late 1800s. One of these times, in front of everyone, Bernadette got on her hands and knees and ate grass and drank the water from the filthy...

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Oct 7, 2010 - Lourdes, France

We arrived in Lourdes mid-day and went to Grotto which is below a huge cathedral. The large grounds have smaller churches and prayer stations.The day we were there they had a special celebration of the Rosary( Novena).They had a huge procession and special mass for the thousands of people who were there.

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Jul 13, 2009 - Jim's - Tour de france

I wanted to share the majesty of this area ( and not just the flys and stand up toilets that Jim mentioned to his family ) and I knew that Jim's photographic skills would be pressed into action with teh surroundings -- So I took Jim from Gavernie campsite up to teh Spanish border and then along the valley and up the cols to the Col de dábisque which is the most stunning road -- It teeters on teh edge of teh mountain on very narrow roads that occasionally are tunnelled through solid rock outcrops. This time when we got to the top the views...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Lourdes Grotto and Basilica

Today was intended to be Spiritual focused and it proved exactly that. I walked to the Grotto at around 1pm ( took my garmin Nuvi ( Useless I just followed the road signs ) arrived at teh town which was suprsaisingly quiet and that was a good thing -- Weaved my way through the tacky shops selling almost the same things also the plethora of hotels ALL with religious names but once you got to teh grotto it was devoid of this tat -- Its quite magnificant the Basilica built on top of the Grotto where Mary appeared ( 17 times ) has some great...

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Jul 4, 2009 - Lourdes

Hi guys drove around some great town today Argeles Gazost ( big kayaking area) and then drove up the Tourmalet from the Mongie side ( the way the Tour is going this year ) -- Its about a week before theyy arrive and vans are already there -- Lots of amature cyclists some with panniers and legs spinning like billy O -- The road is very narrow in parts ( all teh roads in teh mountainsa are but the Col dábisque and Tourmalet more so. Came down via Marie de Campan and picked up a lunch sandwich and eat that at the side of the rOad - Not really...

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Sep 21, 2008 - North to Baske Country and Lourdes

Sunday – Across the Spainish plains, with no rain... into the foot hills of the Pyrennes. The Baske region that a radical group bombed in the 70’s & 80’s, so tourism is just returning. The plains were lonely, especially one rest stop at a petrol station next to the motorway, lonely one attendant and nothing else in sight. Lunch at another Motorway Service Stop, (I am beginning to hate them.) Nice hills around the border and lots of development occurring in the once forgotten Baske region. The Baske are believed to be the oldest tribe in...

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Apr 5, 2005 - france still

This is a real quick update as we are in Lourdes now and the pope has died and we must go and give our condolences. we will give a longer update when we have more time soon so here is quick report: been following the west coast of fance down to Bordeaux and visted Cignac where we did a tour of the Henessey distillery and then on to Bordeaux where have indulged in good wines at very reasonable prices. now in Lourdes as we said and about to go walking Nothing exciting has happened except very hard to find internet cafes and this is in a hotel...

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Dec 5, 2004 - Lourdes, France

This place is famous for a peasant girl that said she saw visions of Mary. That was back in 1854. People come from all over the world to bath and drink the water that comes from a spring. The pope has been there twice. It is a huge complex of churches and buildings. There is supposed to been many mircles happened here. Saw none but the fact that I got out with my money, being as there are a lot of pickpockets there. I drank the water and the next day I got sick. Maybe because I am not Catholic. Just kidding!

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Oct 21, 2004 - Avignon and Lourdes

After a rainy stay in Nice we had a good amount of driving to do before we found (remarkably easily) our campsite on an island in the river Rhone, we were in Avignon at the heart of Provence. One of a hand full of towns left in France that are still enclosed by the medieval walls, we found Avignon to be a cute little city with a provincial feel. The people were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding. Our favourite French red wine was from Avignon, Chateau Du Pape. In reference to the time when the popes resided in Avignon, the wine...

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