Lourdes, France. April 2012.
It was a rainy, freezing visit to Lourdes. I’m not an overly-religious person myself, but it was still interesting and moving to have been able to participate in a lot of the beautiful experiences that the town had in store for pilgrims. The bath and the night procession were pilgrim-perfect highlights, but the side trip to Chateau Fort and the insanely delicious crepes were just the stuff that satiated the traveling bug in me. Also, these signs.
These crosses are all in a small garden in the middle of Rosary Hill, in front of the church. Even if you’re not religious, it’s definitely worth going around to admire and peruse the designs and messages of these crosses from all over the world.
There is also a set of these prayers in different languages. I just love their old-school, almost fairytale-like design.
Yes, this is a holy face-washing station.