Blogs from Albi, Midi-Pyrénées, France, Europe


Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi August 13th 2019

And off to France we go. First stop is Eze Village where we were staying for the night. Quick turnaround then a short walk up the hill to Eze itself a medieval village perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean. The ancient fortified village still has the ruins of its 12th-century castle at the top as well as the Jardin Exotique ( which we visited the next morning before the coachloads came in). Well worth a walk round and from the top there is a great view of the coast. Back to our arrival day. After wandering round the town and popping into various galleries and shops we went back to Chateau Eze a very nice hotel with a bar & breathtaking views. There we started chatting to a young couple from Dallas. His ... read more
view from me Jardin - Eze.
umbrellas Aix-en-Provence
Big books outside the library- Aix

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi June 11th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Ça y est c'est parti pour la première étape, dans des conditions de temps épouvantables. comme en 2014, lorsque je partais pour la Colombie Britanique et l'Alaska. Cette année là j'avais eu plus de 60 jours de pluie sur 78. L'Espagne n'est pas l'Alaska, j'ai bon espoir que ce mauvais temps ne sera qu'éphémère. Ce matin au départ de la maison une douzaine de degré, de la pluie, des bouchons, le périph de Lyon à l'arrêt. Comme d'hab Lyon St Étienne saturé. 1½heure pour être à la sortie de St Étienne un peu plus de 60km, et près de 3 heures pour me rendre au Puy en Velais pour 135km. J'en étais à me dire à ce rythme je suis parti pour 6 mois. En arrivant au Puy, léger rayon de soleil, comme ... read more
Ste Afrique
le Puy en Velais
Albi la Cathédrale

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi December 28th 2018

For the second edition of this lantern festival they made it larger and bigger. So we were told, since we didn’t visit the 1st edition last year. This festival is so popular that tickets have to be bought in advance and we arrived 1h30 before opening time. We were at the beginning of the line which turned out to be very long behind us. Last year, 250 000 person braved the evening to see it. It is a display of light ‘sculptures’, a tradition in the province of Sichuan (China). It is really impressive and beautiful. It makes up for a enchanting evening for everyone, young and less young alike. It is very hard to describe so I let you have a look at the pictures. Pour sa deuxième édition, le festival des lanternes s’est agrandi. ... read more
me and the Palace
chinese man along the road to the Palace
the back of the Palace

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi June 26th 2014

Today was our last day of riding hills, and not to be outdone, I ended up adding some extra. Not on purpose. Leaving Millau proved dirt simple, and involved neither hill climbing nor traffic - in fact we descended again into another beautiful morning. Having decided to do the alternate route - even though it added a mere 5km to the nominal distance - I once again set out on my own, and promptly did some extra climbing by misinterpreting what 'continue straight at the roundabout' meant. We had been alerted we would travel under the famous (except to me) viaduc de Millau, and I chose to take the optional side trip to its related Information Centre. I hadn't appreciated that would involve several kilometres of very steep climbing, though, but once started felt compelled to ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi May 27th 2014

We have been on holiday now for 24 days. We are starting to work our way back up France . Our journey to Albi took us through early morning rushhour in Toulouse. Sally sat nav told us there was a two minute delay on the route and this was confirmed by the overhead gantries. Signs told the french to respect the men in orange - the road workers. They did none of this weaving in and out , changing lanes from the fast one to the slip road with impunity. Well – it’s horrible histories again and what have we got. It’s now the somewhere between the 12th and the 14th century . The catholic church is centred on Rome and on the Pope. All of Europe is Catholic. It’s David versus Goliath. It’s the minnow ... read more
Albi cathedral entrance
Inside the cathedral
Albi cathedral

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi July 9th 2013

Leaving Olonzac and the the south behind I said I would like to drive north our second week on country roads not motorways all the way...ahem !!! First bit of the journey into the mountians with views of the Pyrenees was stunning - and we planned a route to avoid the Tour de France ( roads were closed) - we motored through Castres - lots going on as the bikers had just left - lots of old houses bordering the river - very nice. And then we arrived in Albi - the red city it is called because of the red brick - well trusty Sally took us to a carpark right by the cathedral ( magnificent made of bricks in 13 century ) ..we had a quick walk about admiring the old buildings and a ... read more
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Najac Village
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