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Midi-Pyrénées Things to Do

  • Jacobins Church & Cloister

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    One of the big landmarks in the city. I’d visited when I lived here, but wanted to go back. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of major renovation work - open, but a mess. It was built in 1230 by the Dominican order, which had been founded in the city in 1215. The remains of St Thomas Aquinas are held here in a gilt box. I like the cloister....

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  • The Grotto

    Lourdes Things to Do

    Expect masses of people there. I was overwhelmed, but the others in our group who had been in Lourdes very often told me it was actually a small crowd. Get in line to go to the grotto and - I don't think it's necessary to mention this to any VTer - be respectful and quiet. Watch out for wheelchairs. Where you can see a bike lane in other towns, you...

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  • Place du Capitole

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    ... or plaça del Capitòli in Occitan. The civic centre of the city. You have the Capitole on the east side and the arcade with brasseries etc on the west. A market - general goods - operates in the square during the day. The cafés have large outdoor seating areas, and are favoured spots to hang out while enjoying (for example) a drink before...

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  • The Rosary Basilica

    Lourdes Things to Do

    It is built on a rock known as Massabielle. The basilica is surrounded on the north and south by two ramps of 130m in length, perharps acting as two open arms to welcome the pilgrims. On the west is the front of the Rosary Basilica while on the east is the Crowned Statue. The two ramps are adorned with statues facing inwards towards the church...

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  • Outside Toulouse - Excursions

    Toulouse Things to Do

    Montauban is a vigorous city (pop. 51K) . It began as a bastides and traces remain at the city center. It sits above the west bank of the river Tarn next to its old bridge that now connects a suburb on the other side. It makes an interesting day trip out of Toulouse if you are using a car to visit the region, especially if you admire the paintings...

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  • Cross

    Lourdes Things to Do

    After being betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Christ was taken to the Sanhedrin leadership. He was mocked and beaten, still he refused to deny that he was the Son of God. The jewish leaders hand Christ over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province and ask for the death penalty. The Roman punishment was crucifixion, where the person would...

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  • St. Etienne Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    The leaflet, in English, at the entrance explains: "The Cathedral of St-Stephen surprises and puzzles the visitor whether one looks at it from inside or from outside, since it is the result of a juxtaposition of buildings that have been either amputed or left unfinished, built between the 11th and the 17th century." The traveller, who on his trip...

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  • Miraculous Spring - La Source

    Lourdes Things to Do

    On February 25, 1858 Bernadette Massabielle has one of the many apparitions attributed to her. Our Lady of Lourdes instructed her to go to the spring and drink from it and wash in it. Some have claimed that they have been healed by drinking water from the spring. Studies have found that the water has no special properties at all, its just normal...

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  • Gardens-Jardins

    Toulouse Things to Do

    This is a very nice garden I discovered while walking downtown to the Musée Georges Labit. Trees, flowers, fountains operating at full stream and thereby masking the noise of traffic around the roundabout, make a nice stop. Footbridges are leading to the Royal Garden, or to the large Botanic Garden. (All the gardens of Toulouse have been described...

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  • Maison Paternelle de St. Bernadette

    Lourdes Things to Do

    Tour the home in which St. Bernadette and her family once lived. The house includes a mill, kitchen, Bernadette’s bedroom, various objects, photographs etc. Open: Apr-Oct: daily 9am-12:15pm and 2:15-7pm

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  • St. Sernin Basilica

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    One of the city’s landmarks. The church was begun in 1280 but not completed until the 14th century. An important stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. Big, old and impressive. I’m not a church person, but anyway.

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  • Le Cachot

    Lourdes Things to Do

    Almost everywhere you go in Lourdes there are places associated with Bernadette and her family. The Cachot was were they lived in 1858, at the time of the apparitions. It was a disused prision, and the whole family lived in one small room.

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  • Walking - Les Rues

    Toulouse Things to Do

    Indeed Toulouse is very interesting city to spend a day, better see it fully, plenty to see.Dont know your interests but the Airbus tour at taxiway is great, and the cité de l'espace is an aeronautical wonders,then you have the canal de midi boat rides, and the wonderful cathedral of St Etienne and Basilica of St Sernin along will tight for a...

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  • La Garonne

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    The river flows north through the city centre, and is a real focal point. The main bridges in the centre are the Pont Neuf and the Pont St Pierre. Views from both are wonderful, and from the Pont St Pierre you see the older and more famous Pont Neuf. You can walk along the river banks at street level or at the water’s edge, although I suspect...

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  • Museums others

    Toulouse Things to Do

    In fact there are two small museums in the left wing of the Hotel Dieu Saint-Jacques: The Museum of the History of Medicine and the Museum of Medical Instruments of the Hospitals of Toulouse. To get from one to another just cross the hall. A total of 4 rooms on the history of medicine and pharmacy in Toulouse and on the instruments. The ancient...

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  • Musée des Augustins

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    In my opinion this is the best museum in Toulouse. The works of art are presented in the sumptuous setting of the church and the chapter houses of the old Augustins convent. The visit begin with the beautiful cloister on which opens the room with the Romance sculptures and the collection of capitals, then the room of the Gothic sculptures, with an...

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  • Places - Squares others

    Toulouse Things to Do

    Place Jean-Jaurès greets you as you leave the Tourist Information centre and head towards Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine. The park, which has various playground pieces and is almost always full of shrieking children, is dedicated to the French political thinker and Socialist Jean Jaurès. Born in 1889, Jaurès came from Tarn, which is not far from Toulouse,...

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  • Churches Others

    Toulouse Things to Do

    lots of history with this old Church just past the capitole on your way to St Sernin basilica. it has a grand organ http://www.toulouse-les-orgues.org/les-orgues/tous-les-instruments/toulouse-16/toulouse/eglise-notre-dame-du-taur-grand.html?id_mot=14 Catholic info on the...

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  • Markets - Marchés

    Toulouse Things to Do

    We had no accommodation booked for our first night in Toulouse, and as it was too late to search afar without risking divorce, so we booked into a rather bland place that had one thing to recommend it: it was right by the central Victor-Hugo Market. An extraordinary smell woke me the next day. I described it as a mixture of 'burnt caramel,...

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  • Hôtels Renaissance Mansions

    Toulouse Things to Do

    This striking mansion was just down the street from where I was staying (rue de la Dalbade) It is known by several different names, the most common being the Hotel de Pierre (pierre meaning "rock"). It is also known as the Hotel Bagis and Hotel Clary, thus named after two of its owners. The mansion was originally bought by Jean Bagis in 1533....

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  • Musée des Antiques - St Raymond

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    a wonderful antiques museum right around from the basilica St Sernin. it is at the old hospital Saint Raymond from the 16C, it houses objects and sculptures ,busts ,stones from antiquity ,romans to the present time; very educational of history; The museum is open every day from 10h to 18h and until 19h during June to september. Admission is 4€...

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  • Canal du Midi

    Toulouse Things to Do

    The Canal du Midi is the other major waterway of Toulouse is the Canal du Midi, and unlike the River Garonne, it is man-made. You can go on river cruises here too, but I somehow think that it is better to do that on the Garonne - which is bounded by the old city of Toulouse rather than cookie cutter apartment blocks and office buildings. The Canal...

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  • Culture

    Toulouse Things to Do

    One of the great opportunities a city break to France affords, is the chance to do a bit of posing. Plenty of opportunity in Toulouse's lovely teashops. (Note the wine glasses, however, to the forefront of this picture of the charming Salon du The in Place St George!) First visit a bookshop for that essential posing material. We found a good one...

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  • Briques roses - Pink bricks

    4 out of 5 stars

    Toulouse Things to Do

    If in combination with dressed stone as on the facade of the Capitole (photo n°1) or some private buildings (n°2) bricks in all their shades are pleasant to look at, there are public or religious buildings where their exclusive use provokes an impression of dullness, harshness as on the outside walls of some churches (n°3). I admit that the bricks...

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  • Ancient Toulouse Romaine -

    Toulouse Things to Do

    A certains endroits de la ville, le visiteur averti peut voir des vestiges du mur d'enceinte romain qui entourait entièrement la cité. Bien peu d'habitants de la ville savent eux-même ce que sont exactement ces quelques pans de vieux murs, qui semblent abandonnés sans raison. Effectivement, ces vestiges ne sont absolument pas mis en valeur, ni...

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  • Musée Ingrés -Montauban

    One of the tops museums in France and a grand of the midi pyrénées region is the museum of Ingrés in the town of Montauban.housing the work of two local genius, the painter, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle all in an old episcopal palace from the 17C.At street level you have the collection of Bourdelle, and on the first...

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  • Chateau de Puylaurens

    A wonderful cathar castle still in pretty good condition in a lovely town not far from Castres about 25 kms, and deep into Cathar country. Lovely area I do my runs with car here as family not far I came early on and it caught up with me, and it will you too.a bit of history on this old castleThe castle was built where the construction was done in...

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  • Abbatiale Saint Michel,Gaillac

    An abbey and cultural center,and across from the tourist office of Gaillac,in cathar country, wonderful , full of history and family lives outside of it in Montans.It was founded in 972AD, when the bishop of Albi trust the domain to the Benedictines monks to ask them to create an abbey. After the destruction by the war of religions from the...

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  • Cathedral Sainte Marie -Auch

    One of the best monuments of France and stil not seeing enough in old midi Auch; Cathedral Sainte Mairie or St Mary's Cathedral. parish here in frenchhttp://auch.paroisse.net/auch/rubrique1.php?ident=2804The first cathedral here it is said come from 845AD, the current cathedral was began between 1469 and 1482. Before it was an old Roman cathedral...

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  • Church Notre Dame de la Platé-Castres

    a symbol of Castres because its bells have not stopped playing since 1847 continuosly.it has a webpg all of its in French herehttp://carillon.buglose.free.fr/castres.htm"Nadalet" sounds every year in December in the city. This is a very old custom of our countries in Langue d'Oc which consists of ringing the bells during the days preceding...

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  • Cathédrale Sainte Cécile-Albi

    a wonderful example of southwest architecture in pink reddish brick construction, a marvel to see inside. A must to see.The first stone was put here in 1282AD to built an example of Christian faith to counter the Catharism in the region. It was consacrated in 1480AD. In 1509, they call the Italian painters for the interior decorationdescription in...

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  • Palais de la Berbie and Toulouse-Lautrec

    a famous palace of brick red of the region architecture style and a beautiful rendition to one of the worlds best colorful and great artist Toulouse-Lautrecnot to be missed, much written on it, take from one who has family nearby, go see it.the link info is in English tooalso from the heritage site of the episcopal parrish here is more in...

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  • Place du Griffoul Gaillac

    A wonderful town often overpass but full of charm and great wines with ggreat cathar history. The father side of my wife comes from here and Montans nearby.plenty of info in pdf file in FRench here at the tourist officehttp://www.tourisme-vignoble-bastides.com/index.php3?id_gmenu=13020&code_menu=bastide&langue=frthe area is full of Cathar history...

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  • the tour de l'Horloge and places de...

    Cordes sur Ciel is a wonderful perch town of France, you can climb by car or on foot, the clime on foot is better to see things in detail I have try both ways. The thirll of driving in a mountain is fantastic.A Bastide citadel built in 1222AD by Count Raymond VII de Toulouse, high on the ranks of the Cathars following this torturous streets and...

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  • musée de Goya-Castres

    the museum of Goya in honor of the great Spanish painter who spent many years here in Castres. The museum is on the second floor of the mayor's office orhotel de ville in town,right next to wonderful gardens and across from the city municipal theater.The building dates from 1675 the old episcopal palace, and the garden across were done by the one...

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  • l'escalier monumental at Auch

    The real name of the area best hero of d'Artagnan is Charles de Batz. Charles de Batz-Castelmore, count of Artagnan,born between 1611 and 1615 at the château de Castelmore,near Lupiac; and died June 25 , 1673, during the war of Holland it has 370 steps but 235 of them has an inclination of 35° from the river garonne up to the plaza where the great...

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  • Cathedral St Alain -Lavaur

    start mentioned about a church in 1098AD, the cathedral was built 1099 and 1211 and then subsequenet additions to 1798. The organ dates from 1889, and the famous woodend time maker or jacquemart is done with a clock mechanism from 1523 but the automate (3rd generation) is not there since 1604.Here I have come often,, its the native town of my...

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  • Cabrespine cave and gorge

    Deep in the Black Mountain, the patient work of water has carved, for thousands of years, a huge cave. Visit the Giant Hole of Cabrespine peacefully from a path in belvedere. The setting and its remarkable lights, make it an exceptional site.In addition, the giant hole of Cabrespine has acquired, since its discovery in 1968, an international...

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  • Cabrespine Cave

    Carbespine Cave is one of the most interesting caves in the south of France. According to "cave" classification it has "four stars". The volume of a cave makes 1,3 million cubic metre.From a balcony it is possible to observe below mountain lake. It seems improbable, but up to it more than 200 meters! And in general the sizes of a cave allow to...

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  • An Ancient Romanesque Church Near ...

    Outside of Valcabreres (pop. 120) on the river near the source of the Garonne on the left bank is the Basilica of St. Just. It is aone mile north of Cathedral St.-Bertrand. We see here a church built between the middle of the 11 and end of the 12C . The most outstanding element in the church is the north portal which has a tympanum and lateral to...

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  • St.-Bertrand de Comminges is Near...

    The Cathedral of St.-Bertrand is the most Southern Cathedral in France and was started in 1083. It is a single nave structure but was finished slowly with an eastern end quite a fine Gothic affair contributed by Clement V in 1305. Until into the 17C the regular parishioners were only allowed into the church at the western end and around the...

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  • In the Southwest Midi At the Pyrenees

    We spent two days in the southwest part of this area at the beginning of the Pyrenees. Here there are Romanesque churches and even the remains of Gallo-Roman remains and elements from slightly more recent times. In St. Gaudens there is one such old church and also a large monument remembering World War I and the famous Three Marechaux. (Foch was...

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  • A visit to "La Couvertoirade"

    By car only 42 kms south Millau, located on the "Larzac" you can visit a well-preserved fortified town owned by the knights templars.

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  • At the Bottom of the Gorge du Tarn at...

    Along side the river we stopped for lunch in Les Vignes, where no eating places were open because it was after season (November). We finally found a source for a sandwich and a cup of coffee. At this point there is an old bridge that crosses to the south bank, which gives access to the south side for views and climbs to fine sites which we did not...

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  • From Point Sublme Toward Les Vignes

    After seeing this vista, we headed for the town of Les Vignes, stopping along the way for further views nearer the river but still high above it. Along the river there are various sorts of river activities in season. From here the souther bank of the river is also seen with steep falls to the river and the adjacent Causse de Mejean to the South.

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