Hotel Eychenne St.-Girons

8 av Paul-Laffont, St.-Girons, Midi-Pyrenees, 09200, France
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travel from San Francisco to Albi

by mrswashington

Dear fellow virtual tourists:
Can anyone recommend a shortest route to Albi from San Franicsco?
Should I fly into Toulouse?
Does Toulouse's airport close to the train station?
Do I need to reserve train tickets to Albi from Toulouse?
Is the train the type you have to ride on the destinated time?
Please advise on the method to arrive Albi.
Thanks much in advance.

Re: travel from San Francisco to Albi

by kathymof

Toulouse is your best airport. You can catch the city center navette (a bus) outside luggage claim. The last stop will be the train station. There is no need to buy your ticket in advance. You will need to stand in line to buy your ticket as US credit cards will not work in the ticket kiosks. The navette costs 4 euro and you buy the ticket in the room that is immediately beside the exit door from the luggage area. This is considerably cheaper than taking a taxi. You will likely be assigned a seat when you buy your ticket, so yes I assume the ticket is for that train only. You can exchange tickets as long as you do not buy the special rate tickets.

You will need to pick up your luggage in a special international area that is poorly marked at the far end of the baggage area - opposite end of the navette to city center. This is actually customs. You will go through immigration control at some other place, likely Frankfurt or Paris and only have to go though passport control in Toulouse. Get an agent to help you if your luggage does not show up - they seem to be pretty sloppy with separating the luggage and getting it to the right place. A whole bunch of us had luggage that did not show and the very nice agent really stayed on top of it and got it to us - it was just "somewhere" in the back. As you can guess I went through this airport recently.

Re: travel from San Francisco to Albi

by cubsur

Train times Toulouse to Albi can be viewed, downloaded and printed here

Go to 'Fiche Horaaire' and select 02 Toulouse-Albi-Rodez, then click the blue box 'Choisir la fiche horaire' which brings up the options for the timetables required. Service Ete 0507/2009 etc are the schedules applicable from 5th July.

You will need to be able to understand French to comprehend these schedules.

Please note that there is major reconstruction work taking place on this line throughout the summer and buses are replacing trains on some stretches. Please consult the timetables carefully as you may well be on a bus!

Hope that helps.

Re: travel from San Francisco to Albi

by mrswashington

To cathymof and cubsur, thank you so much for your tips. Your tips are wonderful to know before our trip. Looks like there are trains at least on every hour, so we don't have to rush. The airport sounds very interesting, too. Thank you again.

Travel Tips for Albi


by kokoryko

Rocks in Albi area are not suitable for construction, or only of bad quality. . . . Since middle age, people of the area learnt to use the clay from the alluvia deposited by the Tarn River since a few thousands of years, to bake the bricks and to assemble them in various ways; it proved much cheaper than transportation of stones from far quarries, or much stronger (and less dangerous-fires-) than wooden constructions, and once the technique was mastered, big buildings began to raise in Albi.
There is the cathedral, the Palais de la Berbie, the high bridges, the market hall, and there are the more modest buildings and small houses. . . . . . In the old city, almost all is built with red bricks; the great monuments and buildings will have “their” tips, so here it is for the modest constructions, small staircases in the streets, little houses. . . . .
A few white stones in the window frames give a bit personality to the houses, like on the first picture, here under a tower of St Salvy Collegial; sometimes it is wood (picture 2) which personalises the brick walls.
Bricks are extensively used like here (picture 3), to make big retaining walls. I liked a lot this more modern house (picture 4), Boulevard du General Sybille, with rectangular and arched windows, on a big brick terrace, and where despite the weather, that day, the green of the shutters and the other greens from the trees fit so well with the red bricks.
If you had to renovate that house hosting a restaurant (picture 5), would you apply new rendering, or remove it and redo the junctures between the bricks?

And other little jewels in the church

by kokoryko

In the St Salvy church are a number of small chapels in the low sides, and there are many interesting paints, sculptures and altars to look at.
Each little chapel has nice displays, so it is worth to take some time and have a look in the quiet atmosphere of this not very visited church.
On the left side (looking at the choir) is the chapel of the purgatory (first picture) where the paint displaying the purgatory is very “realistic” in some way; I like how the angels “save” some of the sinners (just miss the music of the trumpets at the entrance of the paradise!), and how the devils take some to hell. . . . for eternity, and they resist. .!
On the right side of the choir are these two statues (pictures 2 and 3) of Judith and Esther, (red and blue), the faithful widow of the old testament and the young slave who was chosen as wife by Assuerus, the Persian king (who named her Esther= star), and who was so scared to leave her people, her family, her faith. . . .
This lady in her golden cape (picture 4) is not Jeanne d’Arc but the Virgin discovering the empty cave at the Golgotha (Euh, Personal interpretation).
In St Salvy are few known saints, like St Roch, or here on picture 5, Jude (Or Thaddeus), the “political apostle”, the one who was a resistant against Roman occupancy of Palestina, and who asked Christ why He came back for the Last Supper to be seen by the Apostles only and not by the whole world.
Many other old or modern paints and statues can be discovered in St Salvy, a real treasure of art; many artefacts are listed on the “Inventory of the Historical Monuments of the French ministry of Culture”.

Place du Cloître St Salvy; Entrance of the church: rue Mariès
Rue Mariès or Sainte-Cécile, 81000 Albi

Le Vieil Albi: A 15C House

by hquittner

Walking east from St.-Salvy on r. Maries, this wood and brick "half-timbered" (colombages) house appears on the left. It is also cantilevered on the upper floors (encorbelment or jettying). The reason for the overhanging is found in the fact that buildings were taxed on their ground-floor square areas. This type of encroachment was outlawed in the 17C. Note the gallery on the upper flloor (now glassed-in). This space was used to dry the woad flowers from which indigo was extracted. Continuing east the stree ends in a small olanted square before the Prefecture of the Tarn.


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 Hotel Eychenne St.-Girons

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Address: 8 av Paul-Laffont, St.-Girons, Midi-Pyrenees, 09200, France