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
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.”
At 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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