Sanctuary of Fatima

FatimaIt is only 128 kilometers from Lisbon to Fatima the sacred religious site actually in Corva de Iria. This apparition site of the Virgin Mary is rightly venerated by people the world over. Alas, I am running out of time and was not able to invest three days walking there. I did the next best thing. I took a train to the nearest station, and walked most of the way to the shrine. What a mob scene! There were just too many people. Tour busses from many different European countries clogged the roads leading to the shrine. Most folks were fervent but none the less it was impossible to find a quiet place for spiritual reflection. Most distressing was the intense commercial atmosphere with souvenir stalls tightly packed throughout most of the venue. So I ducted away walking with the shrine still visible and conducted my own meditation.

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