We really have no clue what to expect when we wander off the interstate and into the beautiful St. Bernard Abbey property. We follow the signs and land in a nice gift shop which of course makes us pause and look around for any goodies we may want to take home. But we make ourselves wait until after the tour. We are directed to a room to hear the history of the Grotto and then given a "self-guided tour" paper and led out the back door of the gift shop.
It is extremely hot but the Grotto is heavily treed, keeping us cool and allowing us to enjoy each and every small aspect of the work Brother Joseph has laid out for us. Here is a small sampling.
|St. Peter's Basilica and more|
|Ave Maria Grotto|
|Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|St. Bernard Abbey Chapel|