Lourdes – July 3, 2012 – By Natalia

 

We spent the morning driving to Lourdes. We arrived in Lourdes in the afternoon, and began with seeing the grotto where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette.  After that, we bathed in the holy water that comes from the grotto, went to confession, and prayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Lourdes France

Lourdes

The Grotto

Prayer Offering

The whole experience gave us a deep sense of peace.

That evening we drove to Bayonne, part of the basque region of France and Spain. While reading travel books I realized that we could go to Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls festival! PARTY!!!   That evening we relaxed by walking along a Spanish river and eating tapas.

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