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A Pilgrimage to the Marian and Eucharistic Miracle Shrines of Western Europe

Date: October 3-27, 2016

Countries of Destination: PORTUGAL, SPAIN, FRANCE, ITALY, BELGIUM, AND NETHERLANDS

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER

  Introduction
Day 01 (Monday, Oct. 03, 2016) =       MANILA – DUBAI
Day 02 (Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016) =      DUBAI – LISBON – SANTAREM – FATIMA
Day 03 (Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016) = FATIMA
Day 04 (Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016) =     FATIMA – BRAGA – SANTIAGO
Day 05 (Friday, Oct. 07, 2016) =          SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Day 06 (Saturday, Oct. 08, 2016) =     SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – LUGO – CANGAS DE ONIS
Day 07 (Sunday, Oct. 09, 2016) =         CANGAS DE ONIS – COVADONGA – SAN SEBASTIAN – LOURDES
Day 08 (Monday, Oct. 10, 2016) =        LOURDES
Day 09 (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016) =       LOURDES – NIMES – NICE
Day 10 (Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016) =  NICE – PADUA
Day 11 (Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016) =      PADUA – VENICE ISLAND – PADUA
Day 12 (Friday, Oct. 14, 2016) =           PADUA – PISA – FLORENCE
Day 13 (Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016) =       FLORENCE – LORETO – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Day 14 (Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016) =        SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – ROME
Day 15 (Monday, Oct. 17, 2016) =        ROME
Day 16 (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016) =       ROME
Day 17 (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016) =  ROME – PARIS
Day 18 (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016) =      PARIS
Day 19 (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016) =           PARIS – NEVERS – PARIS
Day 20 (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016) =       PARIS – BRUSSELS
Day 21 (Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016) =         BRUSSELS – BRUGGES – BRUSSELS
Day 22 (Monday, Oct. 24, 2016) =        BRUSSELS – ANTWERP – AMSTERDAM
Day 23 (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016) =       AMSTERDAM
Day 24 (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016) =  AMSTERDAM – DUBAI
Day 25 (Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016) =      DUBAI – MANILA
 

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Date: 14OCT (Friday) PADUA – PISA – FLORENCE. (Day 12)

We stayed here in Padova, Italy until this morning at Crowned Plaza Hotel. Crowne Plaza Hotel is an excellent starting point to visit cultural cities like Venice and Verona not to forget Padova. All 179 spacious hotel bedrooms and suites are fully air conditioned and equipped with high speed internet access and flat screen TV. Campiello restaurant is an outstanding place to dine with a variety of tasty dishes freshly prepared with and, together with Fr. Estong, good wine.

We ate our breakfast at 6:47AM here in the hotel and luggage out at the same. We left Padova, Italy at 8:24AM and travelled south to Pisa and to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral. The distance between Padova (Padua) and Pisa is 222 kilometers. Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, straddling the River Arnojust before it empties into the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its iconic Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city’s cathedral), the city of over 90,834 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city’s architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.

It was a rainy morning when we left Padova and the temperature was at 8.9ˑC. While on our way to Pisa, we prayed the Morning Prayer lead by Group 3. After Morning Prayer, Bible bullets were distributed and I got this: “You know when I sit and stand. You understand my thoughts from afar,” (Psalm 139:2).

We stopped at an autogrill for our toilet break at 10AM and bought orange juice (2,60 Euro) and chocolate (3,99 Euro). Then left this autogrill here in Cantagallo and continued our travel to Pisa at 10:20AM. While on our way from this autogrill, the rain began to pour again. From this place we passed by 29 tunnels, most of them were long tunnels and then we arrived Pisa at around 12:10PM. From where the bus was parked, we rode on a train-liked bus that brought us to the leaning Tower of Pisa for about 5 minutes and then started the tour and had pictures in the Leaning Tower.

For the vast majority of visitors the sole reason is the famous leaning tower which is located in Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) just to the north of the city center. Piazza dei Miracoli is a pedestrian area, free to access with the main attractions within the square, plus tourist offices, gift shops and exhibitions as well as ticket offices. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the Cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistry, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily.

The Leaning Tower is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized and the tilt partially corrected by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The height of the tower is 55.86 meters (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 meters (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 meters (12 ft 10 in) from the centre.

After viewing and taking pictures in this Leaning Tower of Pisa, we ate, together with Inday Siva and Nieda Ramos in a Burger King and I bought Maximum barbeque burger worh 8,20 Euro at 1:15PM. After we ate our lunch we went back to where our tour leader from the Philippines, Monty, told us.  We left the Leaning Tower place, rode again on a train-liked bus that brought us to where our tour bus parked. We left Pisa at 2PM and travelled again to Florence. The distance between Pisa and Florence is 83 kilometers.

While we were inside the bus, we prayed the Holy Rosary and it rained again on our way to Florence, Italy.

We reached Florence at around 3:20PM and our Mass would be at 4:45PM and out tour guide waited for us for a walking tour of the Old Town. Visit the Basilica of Sta. Croce, Duomo, and view the Baptistery and Giotto’s bell tower.. Before going to the Church we had a tour around the old city of Florence. Florence represents one of the most charming and important art cities in Italy; visited every year by thousands of tourists from all around the world. Florentia, this is its ancient name, is the town that marked the history of our country and of Europe, it’s no coincidence that Florence became, for a few years, the capital of Italy. Cradle of Italian language and culture, it represents the symbol of Renaissance as well, Florence experienced the greatest  splendor during the fifteenth and the sixteenth century in reason of its political power and of its rich cultural and artistic flowering.

During the Medici Dynasty and in particular during the Lordship of Lorenzo il Magnifico and Cosimo I, the town became one of the most important cultural poles of attraction in Europe. Florence has been inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List, its historical town center gathers monuments, religious buildings, architectural works and gardens that are unique in the all world, designed by ingenious artists such as  Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and many others. The Piazza del Duomo is the ideal starting point for those who wish to visit the cathedral, the magnificent Giotto’s Campanile, the baptistery and the Opera del Duomo museum.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the Metropolitan City of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,083 inhabitants, expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.

Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages,” A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

The Historic Center of Florence attracts 13 million tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world’s 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8 million visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 51 fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is a major national economic centre, as well as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.

We had our tour in the old city of Florence. Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance: (la culla del Rinascimento) for its monuments, churches, and buildings. The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city which we visited and had pictures, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, whose dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.

According to our tour guide, many significant episodes in the history of art and political changes were staged here, such as: In 1301, Dante Alighieri was sent into exile from here (commemorated by a plaque on one of the walls of the Uffizi).

Until we reached Sta. Croce for our 4:45PM Mass but we arrived late at 5PM. Reconsideration was asked but the in-charge did not approve our motion for reconsideration and so we went to Grand Hotel Mediterraneo and checked in between 5:50PM and 6:35PM. Room 267 was assigned to me and Fr. Estong and waited for our dinner at around 7PM.

Thanks be to God, a good news was relayed to us that Bishop Gutierrez had already checked out from the hospital in Nice, France. He is staying in a monastery. According to the Bishop, he would meet us in Rome airport on the 19th of November, 2016.

After our dinner, at 8:30PM, we had our Mass in one of the halls of Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence, Italy. After the Mass we rested for tomorrow’s activity. We were not able to make pasyal-pasyal in Florence due to heavy rain.

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Date: 13OCT (Thursday) PADUA –VENICE ISLAND – PADUA. (Day 11)

No wake up call this morning by the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in Padua, Italy but our breakfast was at 7AM. After breakfast we prepared ourselves for our visit to Venice, Italy.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. These are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.

In 2014, 264,579 people resided in Comune di Venezia, of whom around 55,000 live in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 2.6 million. PATREVE is only a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”

We left Crowne Plaza Hotel at 8:40AM bound for Venice Mestre Trochetto Pier. We reachedimg_20161013_093818 the pier at 9:25AM; from the sea port, at 9:40AM, we rode on a sailing boat that took us to Venice Island and reached Venice at around 10:08AM. The tour started with Lucia as our local tour guide for a walking tour starting at the Piazza San Marco, world-famous marble square lined with shops, charming cafes, and galleries. She explained the significance that surrounded Venice Island.  We visit the Doge’s Palace; Bridge of Sighs, and the magnificent Basilica of St. Mark with the mixtures of Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic styles which reflects the history of Venice and ended at 12:05PM. The Basilica was built to honor the body of St. Mark brought from Alexandria in Egypt.

Then we went to a glass factory and were able to see how a glass was being made manually. And the rest of the afternoon before we went back to Padua was a leisure time. We had our lunch (the cost of my lunch was at 8,50 Euro in Café Lavena, San Marco, Venezia), and bought something T-shirts, key chains and others. And then at 2:40PM took the ferry back to Venice Mestre Trochetto Pier and return to Padua. We reached the pier at 3:05PM.

But this morning, when we proceeded to Venice Mestre Trochetto Pier from Crowne Plaza Hotel, we prayed our Morning Prayer and then Bible bullets were distributed and I got this one: “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers,” (Matthew 5:11).

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Sign at the door of the Basilica of Santa Giustina

We left the pier for Padua at 3:30PM; arrived in Padua at 4:10PM and started the tour at 4:40PM. We visited first the Basilica of Santa Giustina, which was built in the 6th century. Its present shape derives from construction in the 17th century. This basilica houses the remains of St.Justina of Padua (d. 7 October 304), the patron saint of Padua, and of other Christian martyrs of the city. The building, with its lavish decorations, was described in 565 in a Life of St. Martin written by Venantius Fortunatus. By the 10th century, the presence of a monastic community which served the many pilgrims who came to the basilica to pray to the saints whose relics were contained there is seen in the decision of the Bishop of Padua in 971 to place the community under the Rule of St. Benedict. It was here Christianity in Padua started.

The basilica complex was devastated in 1117 by a massive earthquake which wreaked havoc throughout northern Italy and Germany. After the basilica was rebuilt, excavations resumed and in 1174 the remains as that of Saint Luke the Evangelist was identified in 1177.

The huge Basilica of Santa Giustina dominates to the south of the Prato della Valle. The imposing brick church was built in its present form in the 17th century and is dedicated to Saint Giustina, the patron saint of Padua. Giustina was executed in the 4th century in Padua at the age of 16 and has her grave in the Basilica di Santa Giustina along with several other martyrs and Luke the Evangelist. As with most of the other major churches in Padua, the exterior façade is unfortunately not finished, but that only slightly diminishes the visual effect of the gigantic building with its eight domes.

Right of the main altar you can reach the Chapel of St. Massimo, from where you can enter corridor of the masses. From there, a small door branches off to the right into the chapel of St. Luke. Here lies Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the world’s first woman with a PhD. The old choir, which is adjacent to the major corridor, can be visited only with special permission.

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Minor Basilica of St. Anthony of Padova, Italy

After visiting the huge Basilica of Santa Giustina, we walked all through to the the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua (Italian: Basilica Pontificia di Sant’Antonio di Padova), a minor basilica in Padua, northern Italy. Although the Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world, it is not the titular cathedral of the city, a title belonging to the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Mary of Padua. The basilica is known locally as “il Santo”. It is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See.

Construction of the Basilica probably began around 1232, just one year after the death of St. Anthony. It was completed in 1310 although several structural modifications (including the falling of the ambulatory and the construction of a new choir screen) took place between the end of the 14th and the mid 15th century. The Saint, according to his will, had been buried in the small church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, probably dating from the late 12th century and near which a convent was founded by him in 1229. This church was incorporated into the present basilica as the Cappella della Madonna Mora (Chapel of the Dark Madonna).

Near the main altar of the minor basilica, lies the tomb of Saint Anthony. Associated with many miracles, St. Anthony was so renowned for his preaching that in the Basilica are his preserved tongue and vocal cords that were discovered incorrupt, although the rest of his body had decayed after death.

Saint Anthony of Padua (ca. 1195 – June 13, 1231) also venerated as Saint Anthony of Lisbon, is a Catholic theologian, preacher, and one of the church’s most popular saints. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal as Fernando Martins de Bulhões to a wealthy family, and died in Padua, Italy.

Anthony’s life-long desire was to bring conversions of Muslims to Christianity. At about the age of 25, he set sail to begin his ministry, but fell ill shortly after arriving in Morocco and was forced to return home to heal. However, his ship was blown off course and Anthony landed in Sicily, where he discovered that he was also a brilliant preacher. Combining his skills with the gift of miracles, Anthony was recognized as one of the greatest foes of the heresies of his time. He converted many of these heretics, rich and poor, common and noble, to the faith, and was given the title “Hammer of the Heretics.”

Today, Saint Anthony of Padua is venerated today as one of the greatest Franciscan saints. Canonized in 1232, his Feast Day is June 13, and he is considered by the Catholic Church to be the patron saint of barren women, lost articles, the poor, and travelers.

After our visit to the minor basilica, we went back to the bus at 6:42PM; drove back to our hotel, Crowne Plaza, and arrived there at 7:42PM; fixed something, had our dinner and drank some wine because we didn’t have our Mass due to the non-availability of a room in the hotel. But it rained during our visit to the two basilicas in Padova, Italy.

The distance from Padua/Padova to Venice is 39 kilometers.

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Date: 12OCT (Wednesday). NICE – PADUA. (Day 10)

A wake up call was made at 7AM; breakfast and luggage were at 7:30AM. The temperatureimg_20161012_084129 during this morning was at 2*C and the window of our hotel room was moistened.

After breakfast we went to the Basilica of the Assumption for our 9:30AM Mass which I presided. The Basilica is near to our hotel and just a few minute walk. After the Mass, together with Fr. Joemer Candido, we went to Misako and bought a bag worth 21,99 Euro.

We left Mercure Hotel, Nice, France at around 10:30AM bound for Padova (Padua), Italy the oldest city in northern Italy. While on our way to Padova, we prayed the Morning Prayer. After praying the Morning Prayer, Bible bullets were distributed and I got this one: “My child, hold on to your wisdom and insight. Never let them get away from you,” (Psalm 3:21). The bus stopped in a gasoline station (Total Access – Nice, France) and then left at 11:11AM. The distance between Nice, France and Padova, Italy is 544.2 kilometers (or more or less 5 hours and 40 minutes of driving).

From Nice, France to Padova, Italy we passed by Monaco. Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco has an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi) and a population of about 37,800; it is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco has a land border of 4.4 km (2.7 mi), a coastline of 4.1 km (2.5 mi), and a width that varies between 1,700 and 349 m (1,859 and 382 yd). The highest point in the country is a narrow pathway named Chemin des Révoires on the slopes of Mont Agel, in the Les Révoires Ward, which is 161 meters (528 feet) above sea level. Monaco’s most populous Quartier is Monte Carlo and the most populous Ward is Larvotto/Bas Moulins. Through land reclamation, Monaco’s land mass has expanded by twenty percent. Monaco is known as a playground for the rich and famous, due to its tax laws. In 2014, it was noted about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires, similar to Zürich or Geneva. But sad to note, Monaco was not included in our itinerary.

img_20161012_130216-thosbis-my-lunch-here-sy-autogrill-spa-ceriale-sud-before-paduWhile on our way to Padova, we passed by 13 tunnels up to Monaco; 6 tunnels up to the Italian boundary at 11:56AM. Another 57 tunnels before our stopover in an autogrill in Ceriale Sud at 1:54PM. From this Ceriale Restaurant we passed another 70 tunnels. The longest tunnel that we passed by was at around 2 kilometers. While on our way to Padova from this place, Monty, our tour leader shared broken marriage for 6 years. I admired of what he said: “Pag on fire yong isa, fire extinguisher naman yong isa.”

I noticed that only cargo trucks drivers were alone while traveling. There were no other assistants. Vacant lands were planted with trees. What a beautiful place.

We had another stopover in a place called Scaba SNC, Gredi Est at 4:53PM for our toilet break in a certain restaurant. And then we left this restaurant at 5:39PM bound for Padova/Padua, Italy.

After our stopover, several minutes after, we encountered traffic jam on the super highway because there were some road repairs made by the government. I remembered Manila because of this traffic jam. The traffic jam started at 6PM and ended at 7:52PM.

We are still on our road to Padova, Italy at 8:10PM. Our tour bus from Portugal had an aircon and at the same time a heater as well. The superhighway had lights. Every Italian word I encountered along the highway, I looked its meaning from the Italian dictionary in my cellular phone.

Fifty minutes after the traffic jam, another two tunnels we passed by.

img_20161012_212042-crowne-plaza-hotel-padua-italyWe arrived in Padova, Italy, in our hotel, at around 9:03PM. The name of the hotel was Crowne Plaza Hotel; checked in and have our dinner at 9:30PM with bola-bola and puree (potato), etc. But we were not able to have leisure time because we were tired. Just imagine ten hours of travel, minus the two hours of traffic and 1 and a half hour of lunch and merienda time.

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Date: 11OCT (Tue). LOURDES – NIMES – NICE (Day 9)

Wake up call was made by Hotel La Solitude here in Lourdes, France at 5AM for our 6AM

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Fr. Bonie Ampoyas presided the Mass

Mass. Our Mass was in Salle Sanctuaire of Hotel La Solitude and presided by Fr. Bonie Ampoyas. The Mass ended at 6:35AM and then we went back to our hotel room and put our luggage outside our room. Breakfast was at 7AM. Then we were at the hotel lobby at 7:50AM and left the hotel bound for Nice, France at around 8:20AM, enroute Nimes, France one of the most attractive towns in Mediterranean France. We drove along the harbor of the French Riviera to the city of Nice, often called as the “Queen of Riviera.”

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes département. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of about 1 million on an area of 721 km2 (278 sq mi). Located in the French Riviera, on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps. Nice is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azurregion after Marseille. Nice is about 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the principality of Monaco, and its airport is a gateway to the principality as well. The distance from Lourdes, France to Nice, France is 726 kilometers.

The area of today’s Nice contains Terra Amata, an archaeological site which displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. Its strategic location and port significantly contributed to its maritime strength. For centuries it was a dominion of Savoy, and was then part of France between 1792 and 1815, when it was returned to Piedmont-Sardinia until its re-annexation by France in 1860.

The city’s main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (“Walkway of the English’) owes its name to visitors to the resort. For decades now, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. The clear air and soft light have particularly appealed to some of Western culture’s most outstanding painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman. Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and it is one of its most visited cities, receiving 4 million tourists every year. It also has the third busiest airport in France, after the two main Parisian ones. It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice.

While on our way to Nice, Morning Prayer was prayed and was led by Group 3 of Fr. Estong. After the Morning Prayer, Bible bullets were distributed and I got this one: “Teach us how short life is, so that we may become wise,” (Psalm 90:12). A movie about the Lourdes’ apparition was shown while the bus was running. The title was: “My Name is Bernadette.” The line that was said by the journalist from Parish in the movie that touched me was this: “A miracle cannot be explained. It can be experienced.”

img_20161011_103932At 10:32AM the bus stopped in a restaurant in E. Leclerc for 15-minute toilet break and then at 11AM we left this restaurant bound for Nice, France. And then at 12:20PM we had a stopover in Total/Briochee Doree for our one hour lunch break. We left the restaurant at 1:35PM and continued our way to Nice, France.

While on our way to Nice, we passed by several places but we didn’t stop like: Toulouse, Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Marseille, Cannes, and then Nice, France. Supposed to be we have to have a stopover in Nimes but we were not able to do it because of time constraint. But we passed by Nimes at around 3PM. Again we had our 45-minute toilet break in Total Mka/Bufallo Grill at 4:42PM. And then left the place at a 5:30PM.

We arrived in Nice, france at around 7:30PM; checked in at La Mercure Hotel and room was Room 516. We went to La Ligure Restaurant for our dinner and went back to the hotel and rest at 9:15PM.

It was in Nice, France Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez DD admitted in a hospital.

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Mercure Hotel here in Nice, France

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