While in Biarritz, Bobby I and I decided to take a couple day trips to neighboring towns near the French Basque region. Lourdes, the first of the two cities, sits at the base of the Pyrenees mountains an hour and a half south of Biarritz. It is known as a pilgrimage site for the Catholic faith. Over a span of time (beginning in 1858), “Our Lady of Lourdes”, better known to us as the Virgin Mary, appeared to a young girl 18 times. Now, some 5 million visitors flock to the town each year to see the grotto where the apparitions took place and drink its holy water, which is said to have natural healing powers.
The second of the two cities, Bordeaux, is well-known for its vineyards. According to some sources, Bordeaux earns 14.5 billion euros each year with its wine sells/exports alone. The city is also a large university town, which boasts a young vibrant culture with many bars, shops, and restaurants.