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A visit to Lourdes

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Out of curiosity we decided to spend a few hours in Lourdes as we worked our way down towards the border with Spain. We were booked to spend the night in the nearby town of Pau.

Lourdes is nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees and is a place of great significance to the Catholic church. Some 6 million pilgrims go to Lourdes each year to pray and seek healing. We witnessed this passion ourselves in a few short hours. We also saw the commercialisation that has sprung up around the visitor industry.

What is undeniable is that Lourdes is a beautiful town. Sitting amongst the surrounding mountains alongside a river with an attractive old town to wander through. Absolutely worth a visit, as you can see...

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