We were thrilled about seeing the famous Lourdes, but it was really disappointing.
I know, I know, the pictures look amazing!
But this is only the central part with the cathedral ⛪️ that feels more like a theme park rather than a spiritual spot. Maybe it has become so touristic that it has lost its essence. So the only beautiful part is the area designated for the Sanctuary (although a bit commercialized, they were selling candles to be lit from 10€ to 500€!).
The city isn’t very nice as there isn’t much to see there, and during the day almost everything is close. In fact, we even struggled to find a spot to have lunch at. We were lucky enough to find this Italian restaurant, but the kitchen was closed. Although, the owner gave us a pizza because he understood our situation and was really empathizing with our hunger (we are both Taurus ♉). He was so kind, he didn’t even want us to pay for it! This is the place: L‘Angelus.
After eating, we had a pit stop to refresh while waiting for our train in a Sri Lankan family hotel & restaurant – Saint Francois Xavier – while drinking a mango lassi 🥭. They were super kind as well. An interesting fact about Lourdes I have noticed is that it is full of Indian, Tibetan, and Sri Lankan restaurants (although most are closed during the daytime, like everything else), anybody knows why?
In conclusion, Lourdes is one of those places you want to go to at least once in a lifetime. But don’t higher your expectations, and keep in mind that in a few hours you will be able to see everything!