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Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes, France

Updated on August 29, 2014

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France. I went to France twice and was able to go to Lourdes the second time I went there. Lourdes is located at southwest of France and is very near Spain already. Lourdes, France is a sacred place for Catholics.

Lourdes is a sacred Catholic destination and is a dream place to go for many devout Catholics. My mother specifically requested a rosary or any religious items which I can buy, of course, being a devout Catholic myself I was excited and happy to see Lourdes. France of course is a beautiful country and I am expecting to see more of the countryside, so ergo I went to visit Lourdes France from Paris. Transportation are modern and you can either ride by plane from Paris, train or bus.

Trip From Paris to Lourdes By Train

Charles de Gaulle International Airport at Paris, France Airport is modern and crowded and they have bus system which can transport you within Paris and you can go directly to the train station going to Lourdes. If you are flying, it is better as it is of course faster. I opt to ride the train. There are also buses which can transport you to the different sacred areas in Lourdes.

The trips are round the clock as there are many tourists who go there including train. I rode the TGV and it costs me less than 200 USD back and forth. You can buy advanced ticket but remember to print it out or you can go and buy at train station when you are in Paris or anywhere in France.

The key is to search in the Internet about the place you are going and ask friends who went there already so that you know what to expect and where to go specially if you are traveling without companion which I did.

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

Lourdes, France -- image is courtesy of wikipedia
Lourdes, France -- image is courtesy of wikipedia

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

What is Lourdes France known for?

Location of Lourdes

  • Lourdes is a small community in the Hautes Pyrenees in the Midi-Pyrenees region in South-western France. It is a small town only and it lies at the downhill of Pyrenees. it is approximately seven hours away form Paris France.
  • Lourdes, France, is visited by more than six million people from 170 different countries each year. A small village at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains,
  • Lourdes has a population of 15,000 people and with 270 hotels -- Lourdes has the second greatest number of hotels per square kilometers in France after Paris.

Many people go to Lourdes because of :

  • Lourdes, France is famous because of the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that have occurred in 1858 through a 14 years old Berandette Soubiros. This is also depicted in the movie “The Song of Bernadette.”
  • spiritual healing --- There are also scheduled pilgrimage to Lourdes, and usually it is a voluntary work by religious person who assist people especially those with disabilities and wanted to be cured.
  • people who are disable physically are asking for miraculous healing and to have courage to fight their problems
  • Religious pilgrimage like the Catholic pilgrimage want to experience the sacred place
  • There is a fountain of water and it is said to be miraculous, you can see this in a glass cover and dispense spring water for visitors to wash their hands or drink.
  • There is a place where you can buy religious items near the many hotels plus you can also buy spring water for bringing home

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

The Cathedral, from the Massabielle cave side special thanks to Photographer: Jean-nol Lafargue
The Cathedral, from the Massabielle cave side special thanks to Photographer: Jean-nol Lafargue

Travel to Sacred Places in Lourdes France

What to See and Do at Lourdes

Lourdes Procession

  • The Lourdes Grotto is located in the Domaine Area which covers square miles and the Grotto is at the middle -- this is the place believed to be where Bernadette saw Virgin Mary.

    There are many people who carry with them candles and join the procession usually this happened at night, so those who are going there need to spend one or two nights for the entire activity plus visiting the place itself. it is just a small place so it is advisable to also visit the periphery. Thousands of pilgrims carrying lighted candles as a symbol of their faith join in the evening candlelight procession at Lourdes.

Hear the Masses and Services

  • People are assisted by volunteers in a cart specially the disable and they attend masses there. There is an underground Basilica where masses are held.

Baths at Lourdes

  • This includes seventeen tubs and some people who are disabled or sick are carried by some people who are dedicated to the cause, they are volunteers. Al, you need to do is queue and boy it is a long queue but the fun thing is that you can heard a lot of conversation and you can feel the air -- hope is everywhere, I like that. Each has their own turn and when it is your turn you are going to change your clothes to a dressing room and then you will be in a tub with s[pring water. The people who assist there will ask if you want to pray and then to be submerged in the water.
  • The water gives a feeling of freshness.

Conclusion :

It was a wonderful experience for me, I can see people who are sick and who have disabilities and have high hopes to be healed. That alone is good as I admire the overflowing of hope when we are confronted with sickness. Lourdes, France is a beautiful place to go  with a culture and sceneries with its own beauty.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Looks like some good traveling.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Maita, sharing this wonderful experience with us. The pictures are beautiful and the countryside must awesome.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sounds lovely, Maita. I'm trying to recall what year I saw the movie "The Song of Bernadette" - with Jennifer Jones as Bernadette. I wonder if a newer version was ever made...

      Anyway, Lourdes does sound enchanting even to one is not Catholic. I've spent a bit of time in Montserrat silent retreat near Dallas here when I was married to a Catholic and there was a special ambience about it hard to pinpoint. I've also visited the abbey near Bardstown, Kentucky where Thomas Merton lived and practiced most of his spiritual life. I was there with friends who were potters and had made vessels for the sanctuary, in fact. It was a most memorable experience. Thomas Merton's writings have both directly and indirectly influenced some of my own personal philosophy. You would undoubtedly find him interesting if you aren't alredy acquainted with him!

      "Thomas Merton (1915-1968), known in religion as Father Louis, was a Trappist monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky."

      Thanks for another most enjoyable hub and travel experience~

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Thank you for a beautiful and enticing hub.

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      This is beautiful. I still wish to travel someday--it has been so long since I have even had a vacation. I would love to see Lourdes. Thanks for the wonderful information.

      Mike

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      kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

      Lourdes is definitely on my wish list. Great Hub Maita!

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Boy I gotta save a lot of money first we gotta hit Hong Kong then Manila and then we gotta hit France. Maita I am gonna be real tired by the time we get done with our excursion !

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      samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

      I envy all those who get to travel to such grand places. Don't see such in Hickville, USA. Thanks, Maita, you are the best.

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Dad was there after the war while still overseas and said it was a special place... Thank you for the work Maita..

      Blessings

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Many Catholics from England go on pilgrimages to Lourdes. Pat's neighbour has been several times and always enjoys the experience.

      This is an interesting, well researched hub (again!)

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very nice hub, Maita !!!

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      rprcarz50 6 years ago

      Thank you for this journey. Very good story .

      Another nice tour of a beautiful place on this earth.

      Great work!

      Ron

      As Always also a2z50

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Miata, What a beautiful place to visit. You did a great job with your descriptions and pictures. Great hub.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita it feels like we are on a trip around the world as we discover through you all of these places, far and abroad to visit. Ate' you would make a cool tour guide.

      KUYA Dave.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      A great hub and a beautifful place that I would love to go some day Maita A big vote up!

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Billy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, I am gladly accepting my job, If I have a chance I could travel more and more, Take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Pam, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thank you Ron, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Cris, good to see you here, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you 2patricias, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Quill cmon visit the place, Bless, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hey Samboaim, thanks, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hey Tony, when are we going to France hehe, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks kowality, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Mike, it is a beautiful place, can I go in your luggage, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thank you breakfastpop

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Mam Nellieanna, That was a beautiful expereince in dallas and kentucky, I will check him out Merton, Mam, And one day I hope you can visit France, Lourdes and Tours, they are beautiful place, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thanks hello, have you been there Mam? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Yes Mam Sandy it is, Take car4e, Have you been to Europe it is beautiful Mam, Maita

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Amazing! Thanks for the trip!

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Azizii, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Habee, Maita

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Maita, it's so wonderful that you got to make this trip! The candle light procession must be an awesome sight!

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      LeilaExcite 6 years ago

      Faith they say can move mountains and Lourdes is a good example. The very fact that every year more than six million people from 170 different countries visit it is a miracle!

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      Love the travel hubs PDH. I hope you got to visit the Bath.

      "Hope is everywhere" - reason enough for a visit. Well done and useful hub

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Yes mam Dolores, beautiful place as well, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      yes Leila you're right, Thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      it is always a pleasure to see you here mam Duchess, Maita

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Another wonderful one on France.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thanks Sandy, Maita

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      wow...I can't say anything Maita. This is wonderful hub and beautiful places. I got a lot of information about this place from you. Beautiful picture also. Awesome, Good work. I rate this hub. Thank you very much!

      Prasetio

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thanks prasetio Maita

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Maita - wonderful Hub. I also have done the TGV to Bordeaux and it's a great experience. Never been to Lourdes though. Would love to sometime!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Visit it Tony, you will love it, Maita

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Maita, this is a lovely place to go and visit. You did a great job here! You get the sense of being there from the writing. Your hubs are always great! Rating you up as always, moi friend! : )

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      You're great! Another beautiful trip. Thank you Dear!

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      Mau Fernandez 6 years ago

      Wow! I guess I really need your guidance if ever i'll visit Lourdes someday. May I know where did u booked your flight going there? I'm not sure if there are travel agencies here in Manila who could give a pilgrim or package tour going to Lourdes, France. It's my dream to go there with my family.. Nice hub.. ^_^

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thanks everyone,

      I appreciate it very much Cheeky and Mick..

      To Mau, I think the best option for you is to approach a travel agent, so that you will know how much you are going to spend, ask her the best deal on France trip, Lourdes, I went there like summer so there are many tourist, exciting. The the travel agent can assist you with visa afterwards. Group or family tours are good. My travel agent before is the one at the Alumni Office at the Uni of the Philippines, don't know if they are still there. Find a travel agent which you are comfortable with within your area. Kaibiganin mo, Travel to Lourdes France is awesome, daan ka muna ng Paris, three days.

      Salamat,

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      Mau Fernandez 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info Ms. Maita.. Honestly, I really don't have any idea how to get there at Lourdes, most of the sites that I've searched in the internet was more from the US and I can't find any here in the Philippines. I also want to experience what you've experienced there and I believe it'll be a wonderful memory if ever. I'll find a good travel agent here and follow your tips. Thank you again for sharing. I'm very fortunate that I've found this blog site. ^_^

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      You're welcome Mau, Travel agent is good bec you can go with other groups, syempre mga Filipino rin. Manila to Paris is 13 hours tapos travel kayo to Lourdes by train or bus, Maita

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      applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      definitely going to go here one day. thank you for taking the time to make this high quality and informative hub.

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      vicky 5 years ago

      hi..i wl be going to paris this april on a guided tour.. from paris we want to go to lourdes..but we'll be on our own.. would u advice us to take the plane or the train? which airline should i take from paris to lourdes? or which train? where do we alight in lourdes? thanks so much..we'd appreciate the help we can get since it would be our first time to travel to france.. merci..

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Hi Vicky, it takes almost 6 hours by train - TGV train from Paris to Lourdes. If you opt for airplane it is just more than one hour, from the airport you can ride a bus to your hotel, just tell the bus driver. Good luck!!!! Take care!!

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      Nigel Smith 5 years ago from All over the World

      It seems to be a very special place. I've just came from Paris and one of my friends suggested to go to Lourdes but it was such a cold and rainy day I stayed at the hotel... I will go next time! Really enjoyed your hub, @prettydarkhorse!

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      Frenglish 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Lourdes looks fabulous. I visited Pau, Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz, all which I HIGHLY recommend, but unfortunately only passed Lourdes on the bus. The view from the window was amazing. I would love to go back and spend some time there.

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