CAMPING AND PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Lourdes is a town in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Famous worldwide as a major Catholic pilgrimage site.
When we reached Lourdes, we went straight to one of the campsites near the Massabielle grotto. We unpacked the tent and began to familiarize ourselves with surroundings. Beautiful and quiet. We are surrounded by trees, residential population, and modest inns. Our camp sites apparently near the railroad tracks. Fortunately not too disturbing our sleep.
Coincidently also not a lot of people were camping, so as if the place is our own. Our main obstacle was the unfavorable weather. Overcast all day, then sporadic drizzle and rain in the evening. We prefered to warm ourselves in the tent and unwind after a day cooped up in the car.
Our campsites away from the city center and the grotto. There is no public transport. The only way to the city center is by car.
Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world came Massabielle rotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to a local woman. Pilgrims can drink or bathe in the water flowing from the spring in the grotto.
The story began when a young girl Bernadette went to gather firewood when the Virgin Mary appeared to her at Massabielle cave. She asked Bernadette to dig the ground and drank from small springs. Bernadette reported to the parish priest.
We unable to participate in ceremonies and prayers mostly due to bad weather. The weather is an important part in this pilgrimage because Lourdes rain throughout the year. When the weather improved, we went to the grotto and participated in afternoon prayer.
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