After Lourdes and Santiago de Compostela, we all felt a long bus ride to Lisboa is nothing just to spend next day’s morning in Fatima. As it happened, we had a fantastic & chaotic first night in Lisbon — it being the eve of the San Antonio Festival. And we were blessed with a fun, competent van driver cum tour guide for this day trip. 



Fatima is the site where Mother Mary appeared to 3 children: Francesco, Jacinta and Lucia every 13th of the month from May to October 1917. The apparition site is now called the Chapel of Apparitions from where we joined a Marian procession.




The Miracle of the Sun witnessed by 70,000 pilgrims happened here. Lucia outlived both Francisco and Jacinta — who died soon after the Apparition — became a nun and lived till 2005. I honestly cannot imagine Lucia’s life after the apparitions. A nun’s life seems to be the only option. Neither can I imagine a life being entrusted with Our Lady of Fatima’s secrets.


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Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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