Visiting L 49 27
This visit already happened in 2016 but I put it in my list as it was special enough that it "counts".
Doing it slightly differently
Think about this: you want to have a village and you see a river which is typically a good idea for a village to be located at. But there is not much space here, just gorge with a very steep cliff. And your next though would be… potentially not "I build it right here". Welcome to Rocamadour, where some people in former times thought differently.
This village has three levels: at the bottom there are the medieval houses, in the middle we find seven houses of prayer and on the top level a castle overlooks the scenery. As Wikipedia says this reflects the three orders of society at that time: "the knights above, linked to religious clerics in the middle and the lay workers down near the river."
Caves and paintings
Several legends supported the pilgrimage to Rocamadour in medieval ages. You can read all about it in Wikipedia. What I liked even more during my visit was the way they build those churches onto the walls and into caves everywhere along this cliff and how these carry their history as a fading veil.
Such a different way compared to typical churches. When you see it you feel a special kind of intensity that is hard to describe. Did you ever had this? This lack of words for what you see?
The headline of this chapter was "caves and painting". Little did I know that the next two days would take me even further back in history and leave me deeply amazed.
Mother with child
Sometimes things link you back to your home even when you are somewhere else. The pilgrimage in Rocamadour includes a statue of the Black Madonna.
Legends say this statue was carved by Saint Amadour. In Passau, where I live, we also have a pilgrimage including a votive picture of Mary with Jesus as a baby.
My grandmother used to light a candle when she was traveling and I am continuing this tradition. A candle for the loved ones who are already gone.