The church at Lourdes
I would like to travel from Paris to Lourdes on one day and come back the next one. My main motivation is spiritual. What would be the best recommendations on the train schedules, things to see, places to eat, etc? Merci beaucoup!
Thanks pedmar. Your links tell me where to get information. I was thinking more of step by step suggestions:
1. Take the 10:35am train to Lourdes
2. In Lourdes at 3:15pm go to the grotto
3. at noon go to .....
There is a TGV that runs to Lourdes everyday with no changes, leaving Gare Montparnasse at approx 10am arriving in Lourdes at about 4pm. That night see the Candle Light Procession maybe from the top of the ramp in front of the basilica. Next day roam the sanctuaries, do the Way of the Cross, find a Mass in the grotto maybe and have a really good look at all the churches. There are three on top of each other in the main building and one underground to start with. I think there is a side chpel or two around the compound as well. As pedro suggests you can visit Bernadete's two homes, the Boley Mill and Le Cachon which are both in the town. Also the parish church where Bernadette was baptised. If you are staying overnight again, go back for the Candlelight Procession and this time walk with the groups around the route. Just attach yourself to any group when they are assembling near the Grotto, they will all make you welcome. Next day take the TGV back to Paris. I'm not sure of the time of departure as I went in another direction, the one time I did it in a train. I have always been in a car other than that one trip.
Anyone planning to travel from Paris to Lourdes must remember that the two places are 525 miles or 850km apart - several hours travel unless you can afford a private jet!
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