This was a strange visit, to be sure. It's a place of worship for many Canadians, which we saw upon our arrival. The exterior is stunning and even a bit austere. There are so many stairs that go up and down that a few pilgrims went up and down on their knees to show their devotion. This feeling of coldness disappears when you get to the chapels with plenty of hanging rods, demonstrating cures that have taken place there. Entry is free and the whole atmosphere is memorable. Perhaps if I had gone alone I wouldn't have visited it, but as the trip was organized beforehand, it's what we did.