Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Traditional Lourdes Pastries: Unique French Provincial Snacks (Immaculate Lourdes Series 13)

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

After arriving in Lourdes, together with my son
we looked for a grocery to buy some necessities
that we might be needing on the next four days.

 

We stumbled upon a Carrefour City Store,
a popular supermarket chain in France.

 

After buying groceries we saw a booth with traditional
French cakes and pastries I picked up Reflet de France’s 
Quatre Quarts Breton a traditional pound cake popular in 
Brittany. It was buttery delicious the reminded me on a more 
dense and compact version of our favorite chiffon cake

 

My son got a pack of Croquette Carrefour. 
The round croquette ball was perfectly crunchy
and had a sweetish, cheesy and creamy filling.

 

When I searched the net, I later learned that
Reflet de France is owned by the Carrefour group.
and been producing French culinary heritage  and
sold in their company owned Carrefour supermarkets.

Links for the Immaculate Lourdes Series:

Hotel Majestic 
Tranquil Abode in Lourdes
Immaculate Lourdes Series 1 

AFC (AMMA Fried Chicken) 
Better Than Finger Licking Good. 
ImmaculateLourdes Series 2 

Rue de Grotte 
The Road to Holiness
Immaculate Lourdes Series 3 

Cinema Majestic 
Ancient Religious Theater
Immaculate Lourdes Series 4 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes 
The Sacred Domain
Immaculate Lourdes Series 5 

Gave de Pau 
A River Runs Thru It
Immaculate Lourdes Series 6 

L’ Ermitage Restaurant 
Delicious Food, Friendly Service 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 7 

Petit Train Touristique de Lourdes 
The Best of Lourdes by Mini- Train 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 8 

Funiculaire du Pic du Jer 
Scenic Ancient Funicular Train
Immaculate Lourdes Series 9 

Pic du Jer 
The Best View of the Pyrenees 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

Le Petit Lourdes 
Ancient Lourdes in Microcosm
Immaculate Lourdes Series 14 

Musee de Cire 
Awesome Religious Wax Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 15 

La Maison de Bernadette 
A Saint’s Humble Home
Immaculate Lourdes Series 16 

Musee de Pyreneen 
Breathraking Hilltop Castle Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 17 

Au Rendez vous des Ch’timis et des Bretons 
Good Food, Homey Restaurant
Immaculate Lourdes Series 18 

Amazing Lourdes 
Beautiful Rustic Pligrim City
Immaculate Lourdes Series 19

Saturday, October 12, 2019

L’ Europeen: Delicious Indian Cuisine Immaculate Lourdes Series 12

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

It was almost midnight when we left the Lourdes’ Sanctuary
after we attended the evening procession and mass and most
of the restaurants at the Rue de Grotte were already closed.



We spotted L’ Europeen at the far end of the road
to be the only restaurant at the strip with the lights
on and luckily it was still open so we dining there.


L’ Europeen offers European- Indian fusion cuisine
and we were glad that they offered rice in their menu.



My son had a Paella and came in as a massive seafood paella.
We found the rice too moist. It did not have the prized layer of
‘socarrat’, the crusty caramelized paella rice at the bottom of the
dish  so we were a little disappointed. Otherwise it tasted good.

 

My wife was amused by the lethal sounding Poisson Entier
in the  menu as it. She was dead curious, so she ordered one.
It was a delight that it turned out to be a huge, succulent fish.
Fried to golden perfection and was also tasted very delicious.

 

The Gambas Grilles was so good. The beautifully grilled
giant prawns were plump and juicy. It was served on top of
heavily herb- flavored yellow rice. It was very delicious that
I ate everything and I ended up with a really clean plate.

 

My daughter ordered a Biryani and she was served
a dish that exactly looked and tasted like my Gambas.
The only difference was the vegetable salad side dish.

 

We were happy with L’ Europeen as the
food was delicious, the servings were huge,
the service was good and budget friendly.

Links for the Immaculate Lourdes Series:

Hotel Majestic 
Tranquil Abode in Lourdes
Immaculate Lourdes Series 1 

AFC (AMMA Fried Chicken) 
Better Than Finger Licking Good. 
ImmaculateLourdes Series 2 

Rue de Grotte 
The Road to Holiness
Immaculate Lourdes Series 3 

Cinema Majestic 
Ancient Religious Theater
Immaculate Lourdes Series 4 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes 
The Sacred Domain
Immaculate Lourdes Series 5 

Gave de Pau 
A River Runs Thru It
Immaculate Lourdes Series 6 

L’ Ermitage Restaurant 
Delicious Food, Friendly Service 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 7 

Petit Train Touristique de Lourdes 
The Best of Lourdes by Mini- Train 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 8 

Funiculaire du Pic du Jer 
Scenic Ancient Funicular Train
Immaculate Lourdes Series 9 

Pic du Jer 
The Best View of the Pyrenees 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

Le Petit Lourdes 
Ancient Lourdes in Microcosm
Immaculate Lourdes Series 14 

Musee de Cire 
Awesome Religious Wax Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 15 

La Maison de Bernadette 
A Saint’s Humble Home
Immaculate Lourdes Series 16 

Musee de Pyreneen 
Breathraking Hilltop Castle Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 17 

Au Rendez vous des Ch’timis et des Bretons 
Good Food, Homey Restaurant
Immaculate Lourdes Series 18 

Amazing Lourdes 
Beautiful Rustic Pligrim City
Immaculate Lourdes Series 19

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lourdes Evening Procession: River of Lights at the Shrine ( Immaculate Lourdes Series 11)


Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

We returned to our Hotel Majestic after visiting Pic Du Jer.
 We snacked on the pastries we bought from the grocery,

 

…and after several hours of rest, we
returned to the Lourdes Sanctuary for
the 9:00pm candlelight procession.



We purchased candles at a souvenir
shop along the busy Rue de Grotte,



…and we were on our way to the domain.



The assembly area was in front of the Grotto,

 

The Evening Marian Procession takes place every 9.00pm.

 

 

…that begins at the Grotto area,



…led by sick pilgrims some of them in wheelchairs,

 

…followed by devotees carrying
the image of the Lady of Lourdes,



…an a multitude of pilgrims from all over the world.

 



We walked singing Ave Maria
with our lit candle held up,

 

…reciting the rosary in different languages.

 

The procession is a sight to behold.

 

 

… as it snakes around the Esplanade,

  









… ending in the Rosary square.

 



There was a final blessing spoken in Latin, and then ended 
with  an exchange the sign of peace among the pilgrims.



It was a spiritually inspiring evening
of sanctimonious songs and prayers-



…where Bernadette was instructed by Virgin Mary
more than 100 years ago to “Go to the priests and tell
them that people  should come here in procession.”



The evening procession has been done
here everyday for over a hundred years.



We here happy we became a part of it.

Links for the Immaculate Lourdes Series:

Hotel Majestic 
Tranquil Abode in Lourdes
Immaculate Lourdes Series 1 

AFC (AMMA Fried Chicken) 
Better Than Finger Licking Good. 
ImmaculateLourdes Series 2 

Rue de Grotte 
The Road to Holiness
Immaculate Lourdes Series 3 

Cinema Majestic 
Ancient Religious Theater
Immaculate Lourdes Series 4 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes 
The Sacred Domain
Immaculate Lourdes Series 5 

Gave de Pau 
A River Runs Thru It
Immaculate Lourdes Series 6 

L’ Ermitage Restaurant 
Delicious Food, Friendly Service 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 7 

Petit Train Touristique de Lourdes 
The Best of Lourdes by Mini- Train 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 8 

Funiculaire du Pic du Jer 
Scenic Ancient Funicular Train
Immaculate Lourdes Series 9 

Pic du Jer 
The Best View of the Pyrenees 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

Le Petit Lourdes 
Ancient Lourdes in Microcosm
Immaculate Lourdes Series 14 

Musee de Cire 
Awesome Religious Wax Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 15 

La Maison de Bernadette 
A Saint’s Humble Home
Immaculate Lourdes Series 16 

Musee de Pyreneen 
Breathraking Hilltop Castle Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 17 

Au Rendez vous des Ch’timis et des Bretons 
Good Food, Homey Restaurant
Immaculate Lourdes Series 18 

Amazing Lourdes 
Beautiful Rustic Pligrim City
Immaculate Lourdes Series 19

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pic du Jer: The Best View of the Pyrenees (Immaculate Lourdes Series 10)

Pic du Jer
The Best View of the Pyrenees
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

The Pic du Jer is a 3,120 ft summit in the
Hautes-Pyrénées. in the city of Lourdes.


It is accessible by Funiculaire du Pic du Jer


…and ancient funicular train which
has been operating since 1900.


The funicular transports passengers to the peak,


…in a route that separates in two in the
middle  to enable the two trains to pass. 

  

 

 

It also travels through two
tunnels and over a viaduct.


Guests can hike to the summit at the higher station.


There is a restaurant, with tables and
benches on a terraced viewing deck,

 

…that offers and views of the city of Lourdes,



…the Pyrénées Mountains

 





…and the surrounding suburbs 

.

Aside from being  hiking and climbing
steadthe pic du Jer is also a favorite
destination for extreme mountain bikers.


…as there is a downhill mountain bike
slope  at the foot of the funicular station. 

 

Pic du Jer is one of the must see places
for any pilgrim visiting Lourdes, France.

Links for the Immaculate Lourdes Series:

Hotel Majestic 
Tranquil Abode in Lourdes
Immaculate Lourdes Series 1 

AFC (AMMA Fried Chicken) 
Better Than Finger Licking Good. 
ImmaculateLourdes Series 2 

Rue de Grotte 
The Road to Holiness
Immaculate Lourdes Series 3 

Cinema Majestic 
Ancient Religious Theater
Immaculate Lourdes Series 4 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes 
The Sacred Domain
Immaculate Lourdes Series 5 

Gave de Pau 
A River Runs Thru It
Immaculate Lourdes Series 6 

L’ Ermitage Restaurant 
Delicious Food, Friendly Service 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 7 

Petit Train Touristique de Lourdes 
The Best of Lourdes by Mini- Train 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 8 

Funiculaire du Pic du Jer 
Scenic Ancient Funicular Train
Immaculate Lourdes Series 9 

Pic du Jer 
The Best View of the Pyrenees 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

Le Petit Lourdes 
Ancient Lourdes in Microcosm
Immaculate Lourdes Series 14 

Musee de Cire 
Awesome Religious Wax Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 15 

La Maison de Bernadette 
A Saint’s Humble Home
Immaculate Lourdes Series 16 

Musee de Pyreneen 
Breathraking Hilltop Castle Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 17 

Au Rendez vous des Ch’timis et des Bretons 
Good Food, Homey Restaurant
Immaculate Lourdes Series 18 

Amazing Lourdes 
Beautiful Rustic Pligrim City
Immaculate Lourdes Series 19