Thursday, May 23, 2013

it's the littlest of things: Lisieux and Honfleur






After a beautiful drive through hills and farmlands, our pilgrimage through the French countryside began today--with SUN!--in the small town of Lisieux in northwestern France, where Saint Thérèse and her family are buried.

“It is confidence and nothing but confidence that must lead us to love”


“Take advantage of all the littlest of things and do them out of love”

The town of Lisieux itself is nothing to write home about, but the Carmel was beautiful in its simplicity, and I loved its tasteful display on Thérèse and her life





There were no candles in this modest and unpretentious chapel, but we prayed for you, taking all of your special intentions to St. Thérèse's intercession.

From Lisieux we drove back to the coastal town of Honfleur, the essence of “cuteness." Across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie, Honfleur is located on the southern bank of Paris’ Siene River.



 

Our two very different experiences today were broken up by a fairly sizeable drive between stops—and a refreshment break, as we watched the sailboats on the harbor.