July 29, 2016 – Friday


Our continuation of things you need to know before travelling to France… 

  • Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes (MIDI-PYRENEes)  ~ Annual visitors 6million! You don’t have to be religious to visit this serene and immense place to feel the inner peace in your life. See for your self. Brief history of the Basilica, there was a 14-year old girl named Bernadette Soubirous experienced 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle back in 1858. Later, her friends arm was said to be healed by spring water in the cave. Now the cavern and surrounding area form a Catholic sanctuary that includes the original spring, two basilicas, three museums, nine chapels and other places of worship and meeting rooms. (Excerpt from travel + leisure). Love the Lourdes, France WIKI page. Check it and read more about Lourdes. We also got Lourdes water for our use (you can drink the water from the grotto) and for our family and friends. Thankful to have come and felt the healing, me and hubby wanted to go back. Also flew to Lourdes rather than using the train. Made sure to have our backpack ready for checking in our Lourdes water. Asked for plastic cover for our backpack when we got to the check-in area of the airline we had.

(Top: The Lourdes Basilica, Virgin Mary and us, the male bath and the petition/offering/prayer station)

The river banks. The many believers…

  • FIND the best macarons  ~ My personal fave (and I’m not into sweets, I would love savory dishes rather sweets) Ladurée. But I was surprised to see even McDonalds (American food chain) sells macarons ( I have to remind myself that I’m in France, although I personally did not buy nor stepped in a McDonalds, so who knows how they taste).
  • have dinner and drinks or their chocolate at THE maxim’s  ~  It may be a cliché, a lot of people know this place called Maxim’s because of a little guy called Wolfgang Puck (and I’m not into sweets, like what I’ve said prior but in this case I bought there chocolates by Duty Free on our way back to LAX) and their chocolates! Yummy! Just lovely!
  • Go on  a wine tasting tour  ~  Me and hubby did a day trip to Ô Chateau. What an experience. It was a self wine tasting education and once you completed the first few before stepping in to the wine tastong, best sommelier (/ˈsɒməljeɪ/ or /sʌməlˈjeɪ/; French pronunciation: ​[sɔməlje], or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing).His recommendation was considered then eventually got our free wine, and instead of the free one, we upgraded to the one we like, one cab and one Sauvignon blanc. Best wine tasting tour. Look it up before going and makes sure to make a reservation. Eventhough it is included in our París Pass, reservation is still needed!

There are so much more I wanted to share about París, France (since we stayed there the longest and user all transit option there is), so it just obvious that tomorrow will be a continuation of “Things to know before travelling to France!”, the few last tips, then will move to UK tips (promise)!



      SEIZE the DAY!

      Live your life to the fullest!

      Backpack necessities!

      París, France Lourdes, France !

      Enjoy what life can offer!

      Be thankful!

      Stop complaining and START LIVING!



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