St. Thérèse or “the Little Flower” was born in Alençon on January 2nd 1873. Her family later moved to Lisieux where Thérèse spent her time meditating and praying in the Cathedral of Lisieux. Here she discovered her calling to save souls through prayer and sacrifice. At the age of 15 in 1888 she joined the Carmelites at Lisieux.
In 1897, at the age of 24 St. Thérèse died of tuberculosis. In 1899, France discovered the secret message of the young nun through her autobiography. She was canonised on May 17th 1925 and was proclaimed as the greatest saint of all times by Pope Pius X.
- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT +1 hour
- Airports: Tarbes-Lourdes (LDE), Paris (CDG)
- Transfer time: 20 minutes from Tarbes-Lourdes airport to Lourdes; 40 minutes from Paris CDG to Paris
- Languages: French; many people speak English
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets continental round 2 pin type are used
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to France must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities