The chartered couchette train from Calais to Gare de Lourdes was some 18 carriages long and is full of HCPT pilgrims. The journey for groups 35 and 729, started at Donhead on Easter Sunday at noon and we arrived at the Gare de Lourdes on Easter Monday some 24 hours later.
The beach at St Jean de Luz which we traveled to on Wednesday for our away day from Lourdes was fun and sunny whereas Lourdes itself was often cold and snowy.
The pilgrimage was gloriously, holy, funny, refreshing and interesting usually simultaneously. New experiences even after more than 40 years of traveling with the HCPT, abounded.
The photo below illustrates that the week was also refreshing and fun.
Definitely we will be back in 2014.