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We eventually made it to Lourdes

We eventually made it to Lourdes

— It took us a longer than planned to get our rental car in Montpellier, and then the drive took longer than planned, but eventually we arrived in Lourdes well before sunset. The hotel is not bad, and the manager was amenable to letting us leave two hours late tomorrow. We arrived in Lourdes quite hungry because of all our delays, but as we headed out to dinner, we realized we were about to miss the best light of the day, so we turned around and headed to the shrine.
The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

— While looking through my photos from last year, I noticed one from our Mexico City pilgrimage that never ended up on the blog. There are two basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe shown here. The old basilica, on the left with the golden dome, while still beautiful outside and inside, has suffered such extensive damage from earthquakes and an unstable foundation that it can no longer handle the throngs of pilgrims who visit this important holy site.
Feeling pretty stupid about my camera

Feeling pretty stupid about my camera

— Back in July, I wrote about how my camera stopped working while I was traveling. Today, I went through my closet and dug out the documentation that came with the camera, in order to figure out how and where I could get it repaired. On the very first page of the owner’s manual, I found the following notice, in big, bold type: > Because the performance of alkaline batteries with digital cameras is low, the use of Ni-MH batteries is recommended.