Wonderful city, with an impressive Cathedral and spectacular scenery!
The heat in summer. :)
you must visit Albi once...
Albi cathedral formally the cathedral of saint Cecilia is the seat of the Archbishop of Albi. It was first built as a fortress in 1287, built in brick it claims to be the largest brick built building in the world. In 2010 the cathedral became a world hertage site. The inside is stunning to see.more
“Aaaah, what a daubing!” exclaimed a woman next to me when discovering a Kandinsky in a museum in . . . . . Well, Toulouse Lautrec who, by far, is not in my painter’s pantheon, can certainly not be considered as a dauber, and I have to admit his lithographic works are very expressive and precise, they really transmit a message, and even just a...more
You must visit the extraordinary and massive Sainte-Cécile Cathedral. It dominates the Albi skyline like a bird hovering over it's nest. It is quite impressive and dominating, and very captivating. The interior is grand and ornate, but not heavy or busy. It is just plainly magnificent. Jaw dropping, must not be missed!more
The Palais de la Berbie, is one of the most spectucular spots in all of Europe. I was just amazed at how lovely it is. The views and scenery, the architecture and sculputure, and of course the impeccable gardens. All together they are breathtaking. Very impressive and lovely and a testement to the weath and power of the the French Church during the...more
This Palace is even older than the Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace) in Avignon. Former the Bishops' Palace of Albi, it houses now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum and the Tourist Office.Its name comes from the Occitan word Bisbia, meaning Bishops' Palace.For the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec/Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, I didn't visit it, so, I can't give you an...more
Some other buildings were on the site where this Cathedral was built. The first one, from the 4th century, was destroyed in 666. The next one, from 920, received the name of Saint Cécile, the patroness of musicians and was replaced in the 13th century by a Romanesque Cathedral.The Gothic Cathedral we can admire now, was built between 1.282 and...more
Lautrec was a minor great painter, in part because he did not live very long and had an infirmity. He was primarily a sketcher with a strong lively line. He became interested in the new technic of color lithography which required him to develop a simpler "Japanese"-like style and qualifies him to be considered as an Art Nouveau artist. He was very...more
The Museum Toulouse-Lautrec is housed in the Berbie Palace (the name a corruption of the local term for a Bishop). When Bernard de Castenet started the cathedral in 1265, he altered the plans for his palace already underway to participate in the fortress function, including a donjon and massive protective walls. In 1598 after the Edict of Nantes,...more
The Hotel is next to the Prefecture. It was the home of a rich merchant and now is the seat of the Chamber of Commerce. It has an inner courtyard entered through an impressive gate on the street. The courtyard is fronted by two a stone dressed arcade and gallery with a brick tower in the corner. In the courtyard is an ancient well (another sign of...more
This large 16C home is also known as the "Pharmacie des Penitents". It is on the next corner after the Prefecture. Today there is a modern pharmacy on the ground floor. It has most beautiful and varied carving on its vertical posts and horizontal frames and window surrounds. On one there can be seen, at the center, a "Mannekin Pis". Here in Albi,...more
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...more
Since we had to wait until after lunch to visit the Cathedral Choir , we walked east on r. Maries from the Cathedral apse to the church of St.-Salvy only 2 blocks away. It is the oldest church in Albi (11C). As we started, we could see its peculiar belfry sticking up from its northeast end. It was obviously started as a stone faced Romanesque...more
We stayed two nights at this hotel and had breakfast and dinner there each evening. It has the...more
The boss is the son but the retired father seems to do anything there. He is very kind and helpful....more
Camon, Midi-Pyrenees, 09500, France
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I expected something violet, or purple. . . or pink. . . . The common violet (Viola odorata) you all have seen in woods or gardens exists in several varieties, some of which are used as medicinal herbs or as base for some culinary specialities; the Viola odorata var. parmensis (Parma violet) gave its name to “parma”, a delicate blue. The mess...more
Some road distances to Albi from:
- Bern (Switzerland):707 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 891 kms.
- Nijmegen (Holland): 1.184 kms.
- Pecs (Hungary): 1.707 kms.
Checking the website, you’ll find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
I'm not gonna describe you all of them! Know that if you must buy something beside Gifts e.d.: shoes, Men's Clothes, lingerie :-D you find lots of them in Albi!It helped me out, and notice there was during the first week of August ... these shoping days with lots of discount ('solden' in dutch) every-thing! It seems that they had all fair pricesmore
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was 21 years old when he painted this (Femme assise nue) “sitting naked woman” in 1883 (picture 1); this could denote either a premature authority and perversity, or a premature artistic sensitivity, or both, but whatever, the great painter was already there, in this painting which is a symbol of the biggest part of the...more
Any news from La Pérouse?There was no Internet at the end of the 18th century, neither VT, for getting online news from the travel world at that time. When Louis XVI, last of the Capet dynasty of kings of France asked this to the executioner upon walking up the scaffold where Dr Guillotin’s machine was ready to chop his head off, Jan 21st 1793, La...more
Ok, As much I recommend this visit, you must know the entry of the Cathedrale is free (doh!) but if you want to see more (treasure, ...) you WILL PAY! not that they will need the money I believe, but hey... you are the tourist and even in God's house nothings seems to be for free! A bit a bummer ...
Unique Suggestions: Show them your back! ... or pay and tell me what you saw :-D
Fun Alternatives: eum... the same as above
When you walk on the great square between the Basilica and Palais de la Berbie, and look on the roofs of the old city, you will see a small crenulated circular brick tower above a square base and will be wondering what that is (picture 1). You will walk in Rue Mariès to get closer, and at the intersection of this street with the Place du Cloître St...more
After having had a general view of the church from the Place du Cloître you have to return to rue Mariès to enter the church under a double roman arch where an ugly square door frame has been added (picture 1).The building of St Salvy began in Carolingian times (8th century) for monks established here; the tower has been elevated end 11th century,...more
Strong fragrances of incense welcome you when you enter the church, and immediately on the right side you see one of the jewel of the place! In dim light, in front of a red curtain, a group of human size statues will catch your eyes, your attention, your sensitivity. . . . . That sort of group of statues is quite rare in French churches, and I...more
Lautrec's cane was a support for him in two ways. Firstly it was a walking stick that helped him move about on his deformed legs. Secondly, it was specially made for him at his design to contain a central glass chamber in which he carried a goodly supply of cognac for times of need. This remarkable device is exhibited in the museum in his honor,...more