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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France


We initially hesitated about going to Lourdes because it was out of our way. But then every time I removed it from our list, I went back to the promise my husband and I made to his mother. A few months before she got sick, we shared with my in-laws our plans of moving to France. My mother-in-law was particularly pleased and was excited to someday visiting us and going to Lourdes. Being a devout Catholic, visiting Lourdes was important to her. Unfortunately, months later she succumbed to cancer and MR and I promised ourselves we would go to Lourdes in honor of her. Which is why, I felt a particular tinge in my heart at the thought of not going ahead to Lourdes during our vacation. Budget-wise, we could just work harder as soon as we got home, and kilometers-wise, what was 300 kilometers more than originally planned?! So we went ahead with our plans and had absolutely no regrets.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Grand Hotel Basilique in Lourdes, France


After Carcassonne, our next stop was Lourdes. At this point, driving long distances was becoming easier and the 3-hour drive went by easy. The hardest part was when we finally arrived in Lourdes and we were looking for the hotel. When I booked our hotel room, I knew there was no private parking and we would have to look for some elsewhere, but truthfully I didn't think it would be this complicated. We eventually found a parking, not so far from the hotel, but it's really difficult when you're not familiar with the area.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pigs in a Blanket


Since our little evening together (click here for the post), my daughter, SO, has been asking me to make Pigs in a Blanket again. Not only does she love those little piggies in a blanket, but she especially loves being so hands-on in the preparation.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Les Terrasses de la Cité in Carcassonne, France


Like I mentioned in the first post I wrote about Carcassonne (click here for the post), we didn't have a specific restaurant in mind - just a particular dish. So after touring around by foot, we stopped at Les Terrasses de la Cité for lunch.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Petit Train de la Cité in Carcassonne, France


MR and I decided to take the tour of the fortress by the tourist train before actually going in. I looked online for reviews and not all were positive. Some people mentioned their disappointment; I personally thought it was a great idea.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Carcassonne, France



After our 1-week stay in Le Barcares (click here for the post), it was time to move somewhere else. We were determined to see as much as we could and we were definitely not done yet with our summer vacation. So our next stop was in the medieval city of Carcassonne in the Aude departement of France.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Marineland in Palafolls, Spain



Going to Marineland in Palafolls, Spain was our birthday gift to our daughter. I just noticed that unconsciously we've been bringing SO to different parks for her birthday. Crocolandia in the Philippines, Walygator in France (click here for the post), Disneyland Paris (click here for the post), and now Marineland in Spain. Truthfully, MR and I enjoy the parks as much as our daughter does. And I was particularly excited for this one.

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