Lourdes, Episode 100

Categories: Off the Beaten Track in France, Toulouse Area

This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon.

Lourdes is a small city in the south west of France that attracts 6 million visitors a year. That's a big deal for this part of the world! And it is probably a city you've heard about because of its religious significance in the Catholic church.

Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage and history unlike any other in France because the events that made it famous are only 160 years old. While that may seem really to visitors from north America or Australia, 160 years is nothing! And we even have photos of the most important protagonist: Bernadette de Soubirous.

Lourdes, a City Unlike any Other

The city of Lourdes is unlike any other that Annie or Elyse have visited, and definitely unlike other towns in the south west of France. It is a place where practicing Catholics will feel at home but that may make other visitors uncomfortable.

Having grown up a Catholic, Annie has memories of going to Lourdes with her parents since childhood. But as someone who is not religious, she finds it all a bit much.

At the Foothills of the Pyrenees

Lourdes is a hilly place surrounded by lovely mountains. It is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage places for the Catholic church today. We often talk about the importance of pilgrimages in the Middle Ages and in French history. If you want to see what a pilgrimage looks like today, go to Lourdes.

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Discussed in this Episode

  • Bernadette Soubirous
  • Lourdes
  • Pilgrimage
  • Pyrenees
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Categories: Off the Beaten Track in France, Toulouse Area

4 Replies to “Lourdes, Episode 100”

  1. Congratulations on the 100th edition of your podcast. I recommend Join Us In France to arm chair and actual travellers everywhere.

    The conversational interplay between Annie and Elyse is by far one of the most entertaining and informative podcasts on the web. What a delightful pairing!

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    Best wishes for your continued success!

    Susan Boyd

  2. Congratulations on 2 years and 100 shows! This is quite an accomplishment! Such genuine, unbiased, and informative content is a rarity and it has enriched my life. Thank you for your hard work and vision.


  3. I really enjoyed this podcast and Elise’s extra information about Bernadette. I’ve read about Lourdes a good bit but did not know some of the things she mentioned! I plan to visit the next time I go to France. Thank you for describing the layout of the city!!