Moving south after our visit to Oradour-sur-Glane in February 2018 we headed south to Albi. We have wanted to look at the city and get some feel for the general area for a while now. This trip in the car rather than the motorhome seemed like a good way to get some insights.
The setting on the banks of the river Tarn was lovely. we were fortunate enough to be staying very close to the city and almost on the banks of the river. The winter light added something to the scene for me even if it was very cold while we were there (February 2018). The cold did have the benefit that many establishments were offer “vin chaud” or mulled wine! I am a lover of old French towns and cities and Albi is a very good example. There is a compact city centre as is often the case. Maybe the jewel here (other than the setting) is the cathedral. I have never seen anything quite like it. It is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world and that would not surprise me at all. Completed in 1480 it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city architecture and old streets are great to visit however if I am entirely honest I didn’t feel as enthusiastic about the city as I have done in some other old towns and cities in France.
From Albi we headed cross country towards Perpignan and our destination for the trip, Colluiore. That will be the subject of the next blog.