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“A STRONG RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE”

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Lourdes
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Going to Lourdes again was a new experience,as I was with someone disabled. We travelled by train from mid UK via Paris, and used the excellent Passenger Assist in Euston Station and St Pancras. The rail journey in France was marred by one factor; we travelled on Sundays, and (as in the UK) engineering works come that day. This meant getting off the train and taking a coach for the last half an hour. Not so easy if disabled as there are 5 steep steps in the coach< also the notice in the station said "car" for that section, which I did not get to mean transfer to coach. I inquired from Rail Europe about the return and they said that there were no scheduled works on our return. This was belied by the SNCF website - the coach left 30 minutes before the train would have...could have missed it. The Hotel was excellent (reviewed separately -Astoria Vatican) and Lourdes is well set up for wheelchairs, even though it is hilly. There is a huge contrast between the sacred precinct -full of religious tourists with processions and Masses - and the Town, which is like Blackpool's Golden Mile with souvenir shops and neon displays at every turn. Beware pick-pockets, keep money inside your clothing in a zipped bag, always put it away inside the shop, etc. Eating out is easy, but if it is hot, eat in air-conditioned places until you acclimatize. Enquiries are well addressed on the Lourdes website and there is a multilingual desk in the precinct. Masses are held in many languages, but most signs are French, keep to the shade and carry drinking water with you in the precinct. There are Supermarkets for food and drink; a bit of walking will soon reveal these. Taxis are cheap and quick and available at the station. Hotels will arrange a Taxi for you also. You can take Holy water home with you, or order it online (there is a charge for delivery only) and if you are flying, this could be the better way, as it is heavy. There is much to see in Lourdes and around, so research before visiting: there is an excellent multilingual bookshop in the precinct with useful Guidebooks. You must be prepared for some steep streets, and do not expect car-parking, or driving in the town to be easy.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We avail our train ticket from the airport. We travel for 8hrs from Austerlitz station to Lourdes by train. We took the night train and arrived early in the morning. Such a very long journey but to see the place where our lady appeared to Bernadette and be able to drink the blessed water coming from the sacred place gives so much happiness and wonderful feeling to us and cleanses our inner being. We spent a whole day and glad we were able to hear mass right in front of the grotto. After the mass, they let us see and touch the sacred Well. This is the most important place that you have to visit when you go to France.

4  Thank Gladys513
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is where our Lady appeared to Bernadette - the only problem was getting close and having to queue, but this is expected when there are thousands of people- wonderful

2  Thank Eenor71
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

when you go to Lourdes, you go overhere there is almost nothing else in this village and everything is living from this sanctuary, allmost no shop to find where you can not find anything from the sanctuary, every thing is arranged very good and the lightparade in the evening is very impressive and touches you very much, and you can feel the believing of all the people, who come here for a litlle miracle!!!!

3  Thank lenie
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Hard to believe that some go every day of the week, without visiting what is interesting in al region. It deserves to be seen, but no more.

Thank Charles W
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