Spent My 10th-Year of Living in Europe in Lourdes, France

Wow, time truly flies so fast! I can no longer get  back  those 10 years of staying and living in Germany but there are a lot of  great memories, happenings and experiences during the past 10 years of  living in this part of the globe.  Europe is a beautiful  continent, full of many great places to explore. I am in love with my second home which is Germany and alone in this country, there are also a lot of things and places to see and experience.

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The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain (as it is most commonly known) is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine (Grotto) to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, France. The Sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water.

July 8 marked my 10th-year of living in Germany. I could still remember the first days, months and years of living here. The first days were full of tears, knowing that I will be away from my family,  friends and my home country. There were many trials during the first  years but due to the help  of my other half, I did survived the waves of my life. I am so thankful and grateful for having such a wonderful and loving husband.  I am truly blessed and I owe it all to the most High above!

So where did I spent my  10th year anniversary? I was on a trip that time and last July 8,  I was in Lourdes, France.   This town is most famous for  its shrines. Lourdes is located in southern France in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains near the prime meridian. It is famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. At that time, the most prominent feature of the town was the fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its centre.

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The facade of the Rosary Basilica. The Rosary Basilica is the third of the churches to be completed, in 1899 and designed by architect Leopold Hardy. It was consecrated in 1901 and has a capacity of 1,500 worshippers. Its style is influenced by Byzantine architecture. The nave is open and circular, surmounted by a dome. The exterior of the dome is surmounted by a dramatic gilded crown and cross, which were a gift from the people of Ireland in 1924.

The exterior facade of the basilica was modified in 2007 to include a depiction of the Luminous Mysteries, which were added to the traditional fifteen by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

It was wish came true when I visited  Lourdes. I could never imagine that I was there. Indeed that dream and wish came true after so many years of waiting.

Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to all my friends who are always there thru thick and thin, for my family who always give their unending love and support,  to my husband who is always there during happy and sad times and to everyone who are just simply around.  Thanks for all your goodness!

I am glad that God  has provided me with so many blessings and opportunities especially for giving me good health, the  chance to see and travel many places and all my talents and abilities who keep me living in this wonderful world. Thank you so much! God is truly great and I am so grateful  about everything  He has given me.

 
 

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