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TRIP TO LOURDES , FRANCE.

Religious Tourism.

I was staying in Irun Spain,which is just inside Spain from France. Took the train via Hendaya France., Taking just over 2 and half hours, to Lourdes. I was a tourist rather than a Pilgrim, to see the Grotto/Cave, that St. Bernadette saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.--- Lourdes is a small town in the foothills of the Pyrennes, not far from Pau. SPAIN  IRUN      Budget Hotel.

SPAIN IRUN Budget Hotel.

FRANCE  LOURDES  ---  Town centre.

FRANCE LOURDES --- Town centre.

FRANCE  LOURDES.   Bridge  over the river Gave de Pau.

FRANCE LOURDES. Bridge over the river Gave de Pau.

FRANCE   LOURDES.    Enjoying a Peach  Melba

FRANCE LOURDES. Enjoying a Peach Melba

FRANCE  LOURDES.   Chateau Fort de Lourdes, a fortified Castle on a rocky hill.

FRANCE LOURDES. Chateau Fort de Lourdes, a fortified Castle on a rocky hill.

FRANCE  LOURDES.

FRANCE LOURDES.

FRANCE  LOURDES.

FRANCE LOURDES.

---- Saint Bernadette was a peasant girl aged 14,who saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary in a cave in Lourdes France. in 1858. Her name was Bernadette Soubirous..-- In 1933 Pope Pius X1 declared Bernadette a saint of the Catholic Church. ---People today travel to Lourdes searching a cure for their illness.FRANCE  LOURDES.

FRANCE LOURDES.

FRANCE  LOURDES...The Basilica.

FRANCE LOURDES...The Basilica.

FRANCE  LOURDES.

FRANCE LOURDES.

FRANCE  LOURDES.....In Basilica.

FRANCE LOURDES.....In Basilica.

FRANCE  LOURDES.            In Basilica.

FRANCE LOURDES. In Basilica.

FRANCE   LOURDES.      In Basilica.----Saint Bernadette.

FRANCE LOURDES. In Basilica.----Saint Bernadette.

FRANCE  LOURDES.----Pilgrims and Tourists from all around the World.

FRANCE LOURDES.----Pilgrims and Tourists from all around the World.

FRANCE  LOURDES.

FRANCE LOURDES.

FRANCE  LOURDES.     Entering the Cave /Grotto.   It is said Bernadette saw the apparition here.in1858.

FRANCE LOURDES. Entering the Cave /Grotto. It is said Bernadette saw the apparition here.in1858.

FRANCE    LOURDES  .   Large  Candles.

FRANCE LOURDES . Large Candles.

FRANCE  LOURDES.    Basilica, the Grotto can be seen below.

FRANCE LOURDES. Basilica, the Grotto can be seen below.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The train station is Gare de Lourdes, trains are SNCF and TGV. High Speed to Paris 4 and half hours.. -Bus services from Spain and France.-----The Airport is 10km away.

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