Monday, April 30, 2012

Our Favorite Place!

Our favorite place hands down that we went to while in Southern France was called Rocamadour. As we were driving, we were floored by the site from the road. The whole town was built literally on a cliff. It was amazing! We couldn't wait to get down there, park, and start exploring through this old city!
The most amazing part about it was how the buildings were built into the rock cliff. How is this even done? How does it stay put for all of these years? Here are some pictures so you can see for yourself what I mean.....

Before we started hiking up the hill to get to the city, we ate at their little creperie that was on the bottom level of the town. It was the cutest building and the cutest set up. I was in complete heaven. The owner nor the waitress spoke any English. It was so fun to order in French from what I remember from my French language studies. To get to the restaurant part, you have to climb up these little narrow stairs while ducking your head. When I was up there sitting and waiting for our crepes to come, I was beaming. Nate said, "Why are you smiling so much?" I told him, how could I not smile so much!? This is just the perfect setting. Here we are in this amazing town with a castle and city built on a cliff, we are sitting here eating at this French creperie, about to eat these authentic crepes, there are French people all around us speaking their was just the perfect day and of course I would be beaming. I was perfectly content and happy with my life at that moment! ;) 

I got the La Complete crepe, with ham, cheese, and egg. Nate got the Hawaiian crepe with ham, cheese, and pineapple. For dessert we had a crepe with bananas and Nutella. Our favorite combination. So yummy!
After lunch, we explored through the town. We took a little train up to the town called, "Le Petite Train." Then we walked around the shops, sampled some French macaroons, explored a bit, and were in awe of this place. I couldn't stop smiling the whole day. It was just so cute!

We hiked up to the top of the city. They had this special walk that people go on with pathways that zig-zagged back and forth across the mountain. At each corner of the pathway, they had little stopping stations with small monuments. In each small monument, was an art piece and some explanation about Christ's life. It had things about him being ridiculed and whipped, and then being betrayed and put on the cross, so on and so forth. As you got higher up on the mountain, the later in Christ's life the events went. At the very end, at the top of the mountain, there was a huge cross up there on a big monument. This showed that Christ died for us on the cross and that was the last great thing that he did for us. It was beautiful but made us think. It was really interesting that this was their end. What about the Resurrection? What about how he lives today ?

It was interesting to compare the ending points or highlights I guess you could say of different religions. In our church we believe that the greatest thing Christ did was being resurrected so that we too can be resurrected some day and live again just like he lives now. He has a perfect body and lives today, and because of this, we have that blessing of living forever as well with resurrected perfect bodies.

This walk that we took completely left this part out. Yes, of course he died for us on the cross and that is important and crucial as well. It should definitely be included on the walk probably in the second to last monument station. But it seems like the end of the walk would be about him living today, not about his death.  Interesting why we don't wear crosses around our necks as well like other Christian faiths. It isn't because we aren't Christians and don't believe in the cross and that he died for our sins, it is because his death isn't our primary focus. Our focus is his life and how he lives today.

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