A week in Lourdes - Wednesday

  • Group pose for a photo on the Beach.
  • Mass in Gavarnie by the edge of the snow.
  • The sandy beach of St Jean de Luz is always a great treat after the bus drive from Lourdes.
  • Singing in the Rain!!!

Wednesday, nearly half way through the Pilgrimage Week. Traditionally The Irish Pilgrimage Trust groups take an excursion out of Lourdes on Wednesday. This is the decision of the Group Leader and the venue and length of journey will often be dictated by the needs of the young people in the group.

Gavarnie is ever popular. Situated up in the mountains above Lourdes this small village boasts of very little: a cafe, a walk along a stream and a chapel. For centuries it was one of the last places to stop before crossing the French/Spanish border on the route to Compostella. For The Irish Pilgrimage Trust it is a change of venue for the day. Our pilgrimage is early in the year - in 2008 it was the 23rd March - so Gavarnie often has snow at this time. From Lourdes there is always snow in the distance capping the mountain tops. Here in Gavarnie it is no longer tantalisingly in the distance: it is right at hand. Bishops have been known to partake in the odd snow ball fight!