Pilgrims fill Lourdes
Lourdes is definitely a Catholic pilgrim's destination. People come because they love the Blessed Virgin Mary, and they want to feel close to her.
And it is moving to see the statue of Our Lady in the grotto. At night, especially, one can imagine how Saint Bernadette must have seen her.
Blessed are those who will be at Lourdes during the 3 Days of Darkness, for Marie-Julie was told that it will be spared.
The devil is trying to make inroads (architecture and closed off side chapels), but this is still a holy place of veneration.
Lush and green, with a mighty river (the Gave) and good farmland, Lourdes may be the best place in France for awaiting the 3 Days of Darkness.