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    Walks and rides in the Tarn

    by gwened Written Dec 19, 2013

    Favorite thing: wonderful to ride a car, beautiful country of my family,wife's side. and great walks amongst historical quaint Streets, buildings and places.

    The best way to know the country is to arrive from whatever means and then set out to walk the place, just great. France of course.

    1) Les Américains,Lavaur is a bar, brasserie right on the main road Lavaur Toulouse, we stop by for a drink
    http://lesamericains81-com.webnode.fr/

    2) Tour des Rondes, Lavaur,The round tower remains the only visible remains of the fortifications of the old town of Lavaur. Circular tower in brick built before the 12th century, it was a rampart ensuring defence of ditches which were at the Naridelle Creek on the South side. This deep ravine forced persons moving between Toulouse and Castres to cross Lavaur, it will be partly leveled that at the end of the 18C (it is today the road to Castres). This tower was part of the protective walls during the siege by Simon IV de Montfort Lavaur and of the Albigensian crusade against Catharism.

    3) Mairie or city hall of Rabastens, 3 Quai des Escoussières, 81800

    4) architecture building now a school at Rabastens
    5) old Church at Rabastens

    Fondest memory: walking Lavaur, the birthplace of my wife's father. father in law never met, died in car accident before met my wife.

    Les Americains of Lavaur tourist office of Lavaur,Tour des Rondes Quai des Escoussi��res,architecture Rabastens mairie or city hall of Rabastens old Church at Rabastens
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    Walk Castres

    by gwened Written Dec 18, 2013

    Favorite thing: Castres is a nice city to walk, it has its narrow Streets but also wide big avenues with wonderful architecture and nice gardens.

    Its a must to walk in France, you see so much more. Castres will make you come back.

    there are many wooden houses dating back to the middle ages and onwards.

    Fondest memory: walking the gardens of the bishops as they once roam there. jardin de l 'évéque

    pl Jean Jaur��s Ago��t river and maisons en bois jardin de l'��v��que rue Victor Hugo pont vieux  over the river Ago��t
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    The Origins of Realism in Cave Art at Pech-Merle

    by hquittner Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There is some convincing evidence that ancient cave artists blew their pigments onto porous wall surface from reeds, as their operative technic. They did not have brushes and the only other method would be to shape "chalks" from stones and charcoal sticks that could be rubbed on surfaces. However, that method could not be easily blended with mordants and binders to make the result durable. With a blowpipe, pigments and binders could be premixed. This hand seen in the cave is the beginning of "realism" in art aw well as demonstrating the above technic. It is also the forerunner of the silhouette. This "breakthrough" must have generated awe in all viewers (and symbolic meaning).

    The Hand (An Artistic First!)
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    Millau

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Millau is a small city to the foot of the causse of the Larzac.

    In border of the Share, it is the capital of the glove making, and the center of expedition of the famous cheese of Roquefort.

    Obligated passage on the routes of vacations of all those that live in the center of France, it is also, the days of big departures, a famous black point for the road circulation.

    Fondest memory: Close to the old bridge you can see this curious construction over to the of the river.

    Millau became famous thanks to Jose Bove, the peasant union militant, who lives close to there, and that had participated to the destruction of the restaurant Mac-Donald of this city.

    Millau
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    Mirepoix

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Although Mirepoix has, with its Lords, marked history at the time of the crusade against the albigeois, little material trace subsist. The lords of Levy, faithful of Simon of Montfort, had become Lords of Mirepoix, following the dispossession of the family of Mirepoix.

    The bastide is founded in 1279, after a flooding due to the rupture of the dam of Puivert.

    Fondest memory: La porte d'Aval (the door of downstream) is a square tower. It possessed a harrow of which one sees the grooves again. It dates of the end of the XIV th or the XV th century.

    In the medieval downtown, a place surrounded with one-story houses, supported on pillars of wood.
    The whole forms a gallery edged of stores that offer a charm a lot of caractérisrique of Mirepoix. A medieval week is organized in July.

    The central place of Mirepoix
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    Foix

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Foix is a small city to the foot of the Pyrenees.
    Surrounded with high mountains, it is, on the road that leads to Andorra, an obligatory stage.

    To the middle age, the counts of Foix reigned on the whole region. Quarrelsome and impetuous, Gaston Phoebus the count of Foix reigned without sharing of the Mediterranean until the middle of the Pyrenees.

    At the time of the crusade of the albigeois, the Cathars were numerous in the region, and Foix, as other cities of the south of France known the Inquisition and the repression.

    The castel of Foix
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    Cordes en Ciel

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Cordes en Ciel is a medieval village, perched on a rocky peg.

    One assigns him a history important Cathar. Probably hardly more that the other villages of the region. It doesn't remove anything to beauty from this village to the beautiful houses of stone shut in by a surrounding wall to the numerous monumental doors.

    The village, forbidden to the vehicles of the non residents visits itself on foot (it is a little sporty, steep bus). The paved streets permit to admire very beautiful houses of XIV, XVS and XVIS th centuries. In top of the village, a very beautiful covered market and its deep puit of 120 meters.

    Fondest memory: The tourist will visit the church St Michel (organ) and one will appreciate the view on the vineyards of controlled appellation of the wines of Gaillac.

    Cordes en Ciel
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    Albi

    by Klod5 Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Albi is sister of Toulouse, one recovers the red brick, the houses of corondage, there. In the countries of the center city, one recognizes the southern languor, and the inhabitants who discuss, seated before their house. As in Toulouse, Albi is a ' city rose', the houses are constructed in bricks of terracotta.

    It gives to the city its cordial aspect.

    Nearly each house of the old city to sheltered a character, a history...
    But Albi hides its treasures: an entry of particular hotel can be concealed to the bottom of a dead end.
    Omnipresent, the bell-tower of the cathedral St.-Cecile dominates the city.
    Temperate, imposing, the Eveche is a building that didn't benefit a no flourish. It shelters the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. The Eveche dominates the Tarn, that one can admire since a terrace that gives on one rooms of the museum dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec.

    Fondest memory: It is pleasant to go for a walk in the streets of the old city, well bet in value.
    It is necessary to stroll in the paved streets, a good guide to the hand, and to carry up the time.

    See my tips on Albi !

    Albi
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    The Volvestre

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: The Volvestre is a natural region in the valley of the Arize, surrounded with small hills.

    The villages are numerous, more beautiful the some that the other:
    Carbonne, very close to the Garonne (Covered market, church...)
    Rieux-Volvestre (one of the most beautiful villages of France)
    Montesquieux-Volveste (a bastide in breve, covered market and walled church)
    Daumazan on Arize (very beautiful place, and castle)...

    Fondest memory: The farming tourism has been developed strongly, and there are many lodgings in this region.
    One can practice the fishing, hunt, there many sports...

    Le Volvestre
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    To the foot of the Pyrenees, the Comminges

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: In the region Midi-Pyrenees, the natural regions, former barony inheritance, exist.

    The Comminges he spreads Muret (or St. -Elix le Chateau) until the foot of the mountains.

    It is a region of cultures of the cereals in plains, and of raising, in the small hills. Many villages and bastides have an obvious tourist appeal: Cazeres, Martres-Tolosannes, Alan, Le Fousseret, St.-Gaudens....

    Fondest memory: The tourist will be able to practice the fishing there, hunt, horsemanship, the water sports and of veil, and also the research of the mushrooms in the numerous forests.

    The Comminges
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    Villemur sur Tarn - The suspended bridge

    by Klod5 Written Mar 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: The rises in the water level of the Tarn are abrupt and violent. Until the XIX th century the bridges were regularly taken away by the violence of the streams.

    The progress of the engineers of this century have permitted to construct, in every village, of the metallic bridges, of this type, that didn't risk to be taken away at the time of the abrupt rises of waters, since they didn't have any batteries anymore in the course of the stream.

    The suspended bridge
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    Villemur sur Tarn

    by Klod5 Written Mar 4, 2003

    Favorite thing: In the North of the Haute-Garonne, the small city of Villemur-sur-Tarn is full of tourist appeals.
    You will be able to admire its monuments:
    The Tour de Defense (Tower of Defense)
    The Grenier du Roi (King's Attic )
    The suspended bridge
    You will also take advantage of the lodgings and rooms and tables of host

    Fondest memory: The Office of the Tourism is situated in the Tower of Defense

    La Tour de Defense de Villemur-sur-Tarn
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