Lourdes to Taize – Mini Pilgrimage Day 1

Well we made it!!!  No one died, minimal drama and happy kids can only mean it was a successful pilgrimage.  This morning the group split and went their own ways.  This was really the best group we have taken anywhere and they were a great joy to be with.

My, now much smaller group, was headed for Lyon by train (7 hours) where we ate lunch and rented a car to drive another hour into the southern Burgandy region.  Our ultimate destination was Taize, France.  What is there you may ask?  Well, a community of ecumenical monks who support themselves by doing pottery and by running what is essentially a youth camp that integrates prayer, work and spiritual development.  We went for evening prayer service and their particular type of prayer involves a lot of chanting and silent prayer.  It was very interesting, and packed.

We missed the welcome video because we stopped for dinner and meals in Europe are never quick but it was delicious!!  Also the little hotel (Hotel Restaurant La Place) was amazing and we (my group now consists of me, Amanda, Amanda’s mom, our priest, and a nun – I know it sounds like the start of a joke…) all needed some serious decompression time as I have completely omitted the gritty details of our seven hour train ride.  I also neglected to mention what a beautiful city Lyon is, definitely need to go back there.  It was looking especially spiffy with the Tour de France due in the next day and Bastille Day on Sunday.  But I digress, I chose the sparkling pool complete with float for my chill out time.  It was just what the doctor ordered after two punishing weeks on the body!

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