Très belle Bastide, très bien entretenue
Too many tourists in the high season!
Cordes sur Ciel - Cordes on the Sky and so close to heaven.
Near the Halle we found a Terrasse de la Bride which had fine views out over the valley and surrounding countryside. In some places pieces of the old ramparts were visible and even used as decorative elements for the adjacent homes. We sam an occasional half-timbered house as well. Our parking area was not attractive when we arrived but even...more
At the center of all 13C bastides there was originally a covered market (Halles). (See our Tips on Aquitaine, where there are several:Read Aquitaine (General) and among others the typical one, Monpazier). The wood covered one of Cordes is a sturdy one supported by unusual octagonal stone columns. At a remove is the important well. We also did not...more
The interior of the church is rather dark. It has tetrapartite vaulting with a broken pointed arch at the head of the choir, evidencing the changes of the 13C. The Rose and many other windows have crisply colored glass that does not look very old and we had information on the painting of the vaults.more
The church of St.-Michel has a combined belfry and watchtower which can be seen from the town gate. However it was built as the last part of the church in 1460-85 along with the present nave with internal buttressing like Albi Cathedral, while the watch tower addition recalls the church of St.-Salvy, also in Albi. The simple facade with a statue in...more
We saw two other “grand maisons” like the others but did not learn their names. They were in the Halle area and had two floors of windows with similar treatment to the others. They had round arched windows in pairs with colonettes and decorated capitals and a pointed arched arcade at the ground level. Both had floral capitals but also a few human...more
Similar to the Maison du G. Veneur, the Maison du Grand Fauconnier also has twp levels of traceried double or triple windows in ogival pairs, but without another dormer level above.At one time the projecting roof was decorated with images of falcons, from which its name derives. The building houses the Tourist Office and two small museums but our...more
Continuing up the Grand Rue, still on the right is another fine building. Like the Maison du G. Ecuyer, the Maison du Grand Veneur (Master of the Hounds), has two levels of double or triple windows above the arcade ground floor arcades, but the windows are quite different and definitely Gothic. They are pointed and ogival and recessed in broken...more
We entered the Grand-Rue (also called the Rue Droite), which runs frm the gate to the town center (as in all bastides). On the right we encountered the first grand mansion , the early 14C Maison du Grand Ecuyer (Chief Riding Master). The ground level (of three) is arcaded with broad broken arches. The upper two levels have sets of windows in double...more
We parked in the directed place outside the gates; there is no vehicular entry into town. It looked rather shabby 15 years ago. Things have improved since then. This is the easiest way to the town sights. The Gate in the ramparts can be seen at the left of the picture; high above at the edge is a hint of the watch tower on the church belfry. The...more
Le Théâtre le Colombier has been inaugurated April 7, 2000 Le Théâtre le Colombier is created to the instigation of Pierre Nicole, comedian and Swiss producer, with help and the support of a group of enthusiasts of the stage. Pierre Nicole has been formed in the center of the white street in Paris. He worked notably under the direction of Gabriel...more
Au pied de la cité médiévale de Cordes-sur-Ciel, le Château de Laborde vous accueille dans un parc séculaire de trois hectares avec jardins et allées bordées de buis, pour la réussite de vos réceptions, séminaires, formations, séjours découverte... Cette luxueuse demeure bourgeoise fut construite à la fin du XIXème siècle par une ancienne famille...more
Yves Thuriès est né le 5 juin 1938 dans la petite boulangerie du village de Lempaut dans le Tarn. A 14 ans, il fait son apprentissage à la pâtisserie Benoît Barné de Castres et obtient son CAP à 17 ans à Toulouse. Il commence alors son Tour de France. Il part en 1958 en Algérie où il est nommé responsable du mess des officiers. 33 mois après, il...more
It is not easy to find a parking place in Summer. In April, it is easier.
Nethertheless, the price is uniform : 2,50 Euros and 3,50 Euros (close to the "Vieille Ville" entrance).
One cannot stay like a piece of wood in face of the beauty who is spying the pedestrians walking by the street.
On the facades of the famous Maisons of Cordes one finds two rather unusual features that experts really cannot explain with certainty. The first are projecting carved stones that look like gargoyles but are not located in places of water run-off and do not have channeled upper surfaces. There are other decorative carvings on the window surrounds...more
Every month Cordes puts on traditional festivasl to celebrate their rich history. I accidentally came upon an event taking place at the Place de la Bride, with regional costumes, dancing and music. Demonstrations of medieval cooking and pastry making, along with artisans were on hand to liven up the festivities. Home made items were for sale, loads...more
Le Théâtre le Colombier a été inauguré le 7 avril 2000Le Théâtre le Colombier est créé à l'instigation de Pierre Nicole, comédien et metteur en scène suisse, avec l'aide et le soutien d'un groupe de passionnés de la scène.Pierre Nicole a été formé au centre de la rue blanche à Paris. Il a travaillé notamment sous la direction de Gabriel Monnet,...more
Much larger in scale, but equally as beautiful.
Take a day and explore the lovely city of Albi.
Only a 20 minute drive on lovely country roads.
We visited Cordes during the last days of April. So the streets were empty and the shops and restaurants closed for their major part.But in Summer the city which did not surrender to the crusaders is invaded by the tourists.Outside the walls, the parking places are numerous and expensive. The price depending on the distance with the summit : 2.50...more