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... by a folk choir, belonged to Liam Lawson's Glendalough Mass. I am currently reading his book, and having been to Glendalough and heard these parts before loved the coincidence.
i was going to stay for tonight's candle procession bit I am desperate or a decent meal and a rest. Oh, how I dream of roast pork, baked vegies and thick gravy. A really long day travelling tomorrow. Back to Paris and then onto Rouen - nearly eight hours in a train.
... praying the rosary aloud and reading scripture . . . I've not seen anything quite like it!
The candle procession was quite breathtaking. Thousands of people praying the rosary, holding candles, processing behind a statue of Our Lady in a glass case being held aloft. Everyone was singing . . . I think it was a Latin Ava Maria. As they sang Ave Maria, they held their candles aloft. It was very powerful. Once again, the reverence and ...
... by approximately 45,000 pilgrims.
Today Lourdes has a population of around 15,000, but it is able to take in some 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists every season. With about 270 hotels, Lourdes has the second greatest number of hotels per square kilometre in France after Paris. Some of the deluxe hotels like Grand Hotel Moderne, Hotel Grand de la Grotte, Hotel St. Etienne, Hotel Majestic and Hotel ...
... much then we kept in touch thru Facebook.
Anyway back up a bit! we wound our way this way and that as the GPS took us down narrow one way lanes etc before finally hitting the highway. Tolls all the way but travelling at 130 to 140km per hr it was not long before we were bypassing Toulouse and many other places we had cycled through. Stopped for diesel and ...
... where it is all walking streets. We had a fantastic evening with them and their friends, champagne, homemade pizza, a delicious meal, wine from Ananise's fathers vineyard - it was exceptional, oh and of course CHEESE - the best of France from THEIR region!!!! Francois & Ananise are coming to New Zealand in December for 3 weeks so I was able to advise them on some great things to do and hopefully they will come to the Hawkes Bay and visit us. Another late night!!