The Pilgrim's France


Internet Sites
The Internet is an enormous resource for travel information. We have included sites for researching the regions, departments and cities of France, plus general travel information to get you started. For the English version of a website, look for the British Flag. Sometimes the British Flag icon is very small or at the bottom of the home page. If the website is in French, look for “Tourisme,” “Histoire,” “Culture,” or “Patrimonie” for information about shrines and churches. Many websites require you to drag your cursor over the category and then a drop-down menu appears. In the ever-changing world of the Internet, websites change, so if one we provide doesn’t work, do a search, and let us know about the new site.

Region Tourist Boards
Auvergne Regional Council

Auvergne Tourist Board

Brittany Regional Council

Brittany Tourist Board

Burgundy Tourist Board

Centre Tourist Board

Côte d'Azur & Rivièra Tourist Board — Go to: Art & Discovery; Religious heritage.

Il de France Tourist Board

Midi-Pyrenees Tourist Board French

Normandy Tourist Board

Pays de la Loire Tourist Board

Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Tourist Board

Provence Tourist Board — Go to “Religious Art” for descriptions of churches.

Rhone-Alps Tourist Board

Western France

Western Loire


Department Tourist Boards
The department tourist boards below are for the cities listed in this book.

Ain Tourist Board — Ars-sur-Formans

Ardeche Tourist Board — La Louvesc

Aveyron Tourist Board — Conques

Aveyron Regional Council — Conques

Calvados Tourist Board — Lisieux

Eure-et-Loire Tourist Board — Chartres

Haute-Loire Tourist Board — Le Puy-en-Velay

Hautes-Pyrénées Tourist Board — Lourdes

Haute-Savoie French — Annecy

Paris Ile-de-France — Paris

Indre — Pellevoisin

Lot — Rocamadour

Manche Tourist Board — Mont Saint Michel

Mayenne Tourist Board French — Pontmain

Morbihan Tourist Board French — St. Anne d’Auray

Nièvre Tourist Board — Nevers

Seine-Maritime Tourist Board — Rouen

Sâone-Loire Tourist Board — Paray-le-Monial & Taizé

Var Tourist Board French — Cotignac

Vendée Tourist Board  — Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre

Yonne Tourist Board — Pontigny

Bouches-du-Rhône — La Sainte-Baume & Saintes-Maries-de-la Mer


Conques www.conques.index1.htm

Conques Official Website for the Town French

Conques Office de Tourisme French

Lisieux French

Lourdes Office de Tourisme

Mont Saint-Michel — Official website for the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem at the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

Nevers French





Saintes Maries de La Mer


Tourist Information
There are many websites on France. Any search for “France” and “lodging” will give you more than enough websites to explore. Below are a few to get you started.

All Travel France — Driving tips for France.

Centre des monuments nationaux — The National Center of Monuments.

Discover France — Travel Center.

Discover Paris —Tourist info for Paris.

Dorling Kindersley — Eyewitness travel guides

Fodor’s — Fodor’s travel guides.

France Keys — Comprehensive tourist info.

France on Foot — The French trail system consisting of 110,000 miles of foot paths.

French Tourist Offices — General tourist info.

Frommer’s — Frommer’s travel guides.

Insight Guides — Insight guides, maps and phrasebooks.

Les aéroports Français —French airports.

Let’s Go — Travel guides written by students for budget travel.

Lonely Planet — Lonely Planet travel guides.

Mappy — Offers route planning, travel info, and maps for France.

Online Highways —Tourist info.

Office de Tourisme et des Congres Paris — Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Rand McNally — Online store for folded maps of France.

RATP — Transportation info in Paris.

Rick Steves — Go to: Plan Your Trip/Country Information.

Rough Guides — Rough Guides, miniguides and phrasebooks.

Routes International — Transportation links.

Sacred Destinations — An illustrated guide to the world's sacred sites, religious architecture and historic holy places.

SNCF National Rail Service — Train info in English.

Solo Travel Portal — Resources for solo travelers.

Stanford — Maps, travel guides and unique maps and guides for example: Cistercian Abbeys & Sites in France—A road map with info on abbeys.

TGV Railsystem — High speed trains.

U.S. State Department — Updated international travel advisories.

Via Michelin — Comprehensive site for driving in France with online store for maps.

Visit Europe — Comprehensive site for touring France.

When in Rome Tours — Tours of Rome and Vatican.


The Road to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
American Association of Friends of Road to Santiago — American website with information and resources for pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain.

The British Confraternity of St. James — British website with information and resources for pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain.

The Little Company of Pilgrims — Canadian website with information and resources pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain.


Shrine Information
Refer to individual chapters under Websites, or visit:

Abbaye de Mont Saint-Michel —Official website for the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem at the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

Apparitions of Jesus and Mary — Lists apparitions around the world.

Basilique du Sacré Couer de Montmartre —Official website of The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmarte.

Centre des monuments nationaux — The National Center of Monuments.

Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse — Official website for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.

Diocèse de Chartres — The website for the diocese of Chartres; in French.

Dominicains de la Sainte Baume French — Dominican Fathers of Sainte Baume and the Grotto of St. Mary Magdalene.

Espace Bernadette Soubirous Nevers — Official website of the Sanctuary of St. Bernadette in Nevers.

Lourdes — Official website for Lourdes.

La Maison du Pelerin — Information about the major shrines in France and Europe.

The Montfortian Religious Family — Comprehensive website maintained by the Montfort Missionaries in Rome, with detailed information on St. Louis de Montfort.

Notre Dame Cathedral — Official website for the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Notre-Dame de Pellevoisin — Official website for Our Lady of Pellevoisin; in French.

Notre Dame de Reims — Official website for the Cathedral of Reims; in French.

Paray-le-Monial Pèlerinages — Official website for the Sanctuaries of Paray-le-Monial in French.

Regional Council of Aveyron  — Comprehensive website about the St. Foy Abbey church in Conques. After you leave the home page, the English buttons will work.

Sanctuarie de Lisieux  — Official website for the Sanctuary of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Sanctuarie de Notre Dame de La Salette — Official website of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette; in French.

Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Grâce — Official website for Our Lady of Grace in Cotignac.

Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Pontmain — Official website of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Pontmain; in French.

Sacred Sites — Martin Gray’s photos and descriptions of sacred sites around the world.

Sanctuaire d'Ars  — Official website for the Sanctuary of Ars: St. John Vianney. Parts of website are in English.

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne d’Auray — Official website for the Sanctuary of St. Anne d’Auray in French.

Soeurs de Notre Dame du Cénacle — Official website of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cenacle (St. Therese Couderc) in French.

The Taizé Community  — Official website for Taizé in twenty-six languages.

Villes Sanctuaries en France — The Association of Shrine Towns in France with suggested tours and contact information.


There are hundreds of pilgrimage tour operators. Do a search with the words: France/pilgrimage/tours.


Lodging in Monasteries and Convents

Europe’s Monastery and Convent Guest Houses by Kevin J. Wright.

Guide St. Christophe This guide for lodging in monasteries and convents is in French and costs 25 euros. It can be paid by check or bank transfer. Email: or write: Guide Saint Christophe/163 blvd Malesherbes/75859 Paris cedex 17/France. You can also purchase the guide in some bookstores in Paris. French Go to “trouver un hébergement” then drag cursor over red map.

Italia Sixtina — A French booking service for lodging in convents and monasteries. You provide a price range and pay them directly. If you don’t have time to buy the books or do the research, this is for you.

Meditation Resources

Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry by Thomas Keating. Christian contemplative meditation.

The Best Guide to Meditation by Victor N. Davich. Overview of different meditation techniques and their history. Good for beginners wanting to know what is out there.

Discovering Jewish Meditation, Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice by Nan Fink Gefen. Jewish Meditation for beginners.

How to Meditate like Jesus: A Guide to Breath Prayer by W. Scott Ragsdale. Christian meditation.

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide by Kathleen McDonald. Buddhist meditation.

How to Meditate: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation by John (Jyotish) Novak. Yoga meditation techniques for beginners.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. Buddhist Vipassana, cassettes.

Meditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian. Introduction to a variety of meditation techniques.

Meditation for Starters by J. Donald Walters. Meditation techniques for beginners.

Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Daishin Buksbazen, Peter Matthiessen.

There are many websites on meditation. Search for “meditation,” or for “meditation” and your particular religion or spiritual practice, i.e., “Catholic,” “Buddhist,” etc.

Ananda Online — Yogic meditation. Click on: Lessons in Meditation: Online meditation support and monthly newsletter.

Beliefnet — Comprehensive info on all religions. Click on: Spirituality, then: meditation and prayer.

Contemplative Outreach — Christian Centering Prayer as taught by Thomas Keating.

Dharma Net International — See Buddhist Info Web for list of Buddhist Meditation Centers worldwide.

The World Community for Christian Meditation — Christian meditation as taught by Dom John Main OSB. Click on: Christian meditation. — Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition. Offers an online course in meditation.

Meditation Retreats - France
The Sun Centre — Yoga retreat in the south of France in the Languedoc region. Two hours north of Nîmes and Montpellier airports and Avignon. Phone: 33 (0)4 66 45 59 63 Email:

La Buissière — A center for yoga and walking holidays in south west France on the outskirts of the village of Duravel in the Lot valley. Phone:33 (0)5 65 36 43 51 Email:

Retreats Online — Search for retreats.

Plum Village — A Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a retreat center for lay people, in Ste. Foy la Grande, 53 miles (85 km) east of Bordeaux. Founded by the Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây). Email:

Yoga Directory for countries around the world.


Resources for Travelers with Disabilities

Emerging Horizons publishes a quarterly newsletter, lists and reviews accessible hotels, and offers other travel ideas around the world. Phone: 209 599-9409

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality publishes a quarterly magazine. Phone: 212 447-7284


Access in Paris: A guide for those who have problems getting around by Gordon Couch and Ben Roberts Access Project/39/Bradley Gardens/West Ealing/ W138HE/United Kingdom Email: This detailed book is available for free but donations are requested.

A World of Options Mobility International USA/PO Box 10767/Eugene, OR 97440/USA US$45.Phone: 1 541 343-1284

Barrier Free Travel: A Nuts & Bolts Guide for Wheelers & Slow Walkers by Candy Harrington 888 795-4274/215 923-4686

Guide Rousseau H comme Handicapés Les Editions La Route Robert/14 rue Louis-Philippe/92200 Neuilly/Seine/France Fax: 33 (0)1 46 24 42 13. In French. Available in French bookstores.

How to Travel: A Guidebook for Persons with Disabilities by Fred Rosen 1 636 394-4950.

Touristes Quand Même This guide is in French and describes services in the main towns, with translations in English of common phrases. Available free from CNRH (Comité Naitonal Français de Liaison pour la Réadaptation des Handicapés) or the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau Headquarters,


Access-able Travel Source — Comprehensive travel info.

Accessible Europe — Comprehensive travel info.

Disability Resources on the Net — Links to travel/foreign websites.

Emerging Horizons — Comprehensive travel info for France: Go to “Travel Resources,” “Destinations,” “Europe,” “France.”

Maison de la France — Official website of the French Government Tourist Office. Click on “Special Needs Tourism.”

Moss Rehab Resource Net — Informative site with many useful links and travel tips.

Routes International — Links to travel websites.

The European Commission — Travel guides for tourists with disabilities.


Vegetarian Travel

Vegetarian France: Over 150 Places to Eat and Sleep by Alex Bourke, Vegetarian Guide, Ltd. Email:


Happy Cow’s Global Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants — Vegetarian restaurants around the world.

La Maison du Vert Vegetarian Hotel and Restaurant in Vimoutiers, near Lisieux, Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. Email:

The Vegetarian Resource Group — Travel information. Lists books, websites, tour operators, bulletin board, and articles.

Veg Dining — Vegetarian restaurants around the world.

Vegetarians Abroad — Establishments abroad that cater to vegetarians.