Saturday, September 16, 2006


This is the view of the Pyrenees that I had from my hotel bedroom in Lourdes. At least, this is the view I had when it wasn't raining!!!
People lighting candles.The River Gave flowed through the sanctuary and had plenty of water in it early May.

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, surrounded on the fence by bouquets of flowers
I have a couple of blog entries about Lourdes: this is one of them:


  1. I found it so refreshing to read your accounts of your cycling trips. My wife Pauline and I have done the routes along the Loire from Angers to Blois many times. Unfortunately, the last time was 1999 and illness has kept us grounded since.

    We are actually thinking about once again venturing ot even though without notice my age has crept to 72. If you ever want a place to cycle in New England, we have some wonderful routes from here in Rhode Island out to the tip of Cape Cod. I have a website on our Loire Route. Just google me.

    Donald H. LaVange
    12 White Hill Lane
    Cumberland, RI 02864
    or google bicycle France self tour

    It should come up

  2. Hi Don!
    Thanks for your kind comments. I found your website easily, and as I read it, many familiar place names came up. I hope you do manage to get out on another trip: In the Loire I met many Dutch cyclists in their 70s and even 80s!
    I so much enjoyed the time I spent cycling there, and I hope it won't be my last time cycling in France. I loved the freedom to do my own thing each day. I loved using the maps to find little country roads that were very quiet. Plus there were plenty of camping grounds that were very cheap to stay in with a small tent. I also enjoyed finding restaurants and eating up large at lunchtime with a clear conscience!
    My mind is on another trip at present: in less than two months now I will have started walking the Camino of St James from Le Puy en Velay.