"OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS"
We arrived in Belleville, Illinois at "Our Lady of the Snows Shrine" Sunday afternoon. The forecast was for rain Monday so I'm really glad that I chose to hop in the car and make a tour of my favorite shrine spots as soon as I arrived.....a ride around the loop with the "Stations of the Cross", a drive around and stop at the gigantic and beautiful amphitheater that houses underneath it a very lovely and spiritual chapel. I also parked at several other sites and walked up to them...."Our Lady of Guadalupe Hill" and the "Millennium Spire". These are all 'DEVOTIONAL AREAS'.
There is a restaurant here and we lucked out with a Sunday fried chicken buffet. It was delicious and in keeping with my pattern so far on this trip, I ate more than I probably needed to, but surely exactly what I wanted. There was a wonderful bread pudding with lots of peaches and sweet sauce on top. Delightful.
We drove down to the "Lourdes Grotto" after dinner before it got dark. This is a replica in about quarter size of the grotto in Lourdes, France. I'm so glad we did this. Today looks like rain, lots of rain, all day.
I've called the AA central office here and have a fistfull of meetings with addresses. Thank God for the new GPS. I think we'll have little trouble finding a meeting.
For some reason blogger wouldn't upload images. I took some pictures yesterday before the clouds and rain arrived, but they'll have to wait for publishing at a later date.
In the meantime - love to all you bloggers,